Marvel At The Detail In These 17 Photo-Realistic Paintings

Nov 28, 2015

Photo-realism is one of the most technically difficult genres of art to master. The purpose of this art form is to reproduce an image or scene as perfectly as possible in another medium. We often associate this genre with paintings, but photo-realism can also take the form of sculptures, statues, dioramas, and animation.

Working as a professional artist, Joel Rea's photo-realistic paintings are truly a sight to behold. Since graduating from Queensland College of Art in 2003, Joel’s pieces have been shown at galleries all over the world. His work has become so renowned and respected that he has won several prestigious awards for it. Here are just a few examples of Joel's incredible talent:

If he wasn't standing there with a brush, it would be hard to tell it wasn't a photograph of the shore.

Each and every ripple of water is painstakingly painted.

Not many contemporary artists pursue this form of painting anymore due to its technical difficulty.

You can see almost every little bubble in the water.

His work was selected for the Archibald Salon Des Refuses exhibition in Sydney, the Black Swan Award for Portraiture in Perth, and the Fleurieu Landscape Prize in Adelaide. He was also the winner of the 2013 ANL Maritime Art Award in Melbourne.


Many of his works feature tigers and people in the face of danger.

Such a beautiful scene.

Every tuft of fur is meticulously painted.

Look out behind you!

I can't imagine how much patience this took to complete.

A piece like this evokes so much empathy.

Such powerful waves washing everything away.


The lighting and shadows are perfect.

If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was a photograph.

A starry night in the desert.

An impressive display of textures in the fabric and along the dog's body. I can't imagine how long these must take to create.

For more information on Joel Rea, be sure to check out his website.

Via: Sun Gazing | Joel Rea

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