In the 1960s, as the bold minimalism of Abstract Expressionism was starting to wear and Pop Art was exploring new subject material, Photorealism evolved in the US art scene. Admitting to the use of photography to create a painting seems intuitive today, but it was initially a major point of criticism for a genre seeking to bring ultra-realism to traditional art media.
Photorealism is having a worldwide resurgence today. Check out these incredible Photorealist works.
1. Mexican painter Omar Ortiz, oil paint on linen.
2. Scottish artist Paul Cadden, pencil on paper.
3. Mexican painter Kamalky Laureano, acrylic on canvas.
4. New Jersey artist Gregory Thielker, oil paint on canvas.
5. New York artist Lee Price, oil on linen.
6. New York painter Ben Weiner, oil on canvas.
7. Australian ex-pat artist Ron Mueck, mixed media sculpture.
8. Korean artist Kim Ji-hoon, pencil on paper.
9. Rhode Island artist Ray Hare, acrylic on canvas.
10. Spanish painter Pedro Campos, oil on canvas.
11. German artist Dirk Dzimirsky, pencil on paper.
12. Georgian artist Thomas Arvid, oil on canvas.
13. UK artist Samuel Silva, ballpoint pen on paper.
14. Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein, acrylic and oil on canvas.
15. Canadian artist Mike Bayne, oil on wood.
16. New York artist Robert Longo, charcoal on paper.
17. Italian artist Diego Fazio, charcoal on paper.
18. New York artist Bryan Drury, oil on wood.
19. Polish artist Rafal Bujnowski, oil on canvas.
20. Australian painter Robin Eley, oil on Belgian linen.
21. British artist Kevin Okafor, graphite on paper.