Sweet and juicy cherries by Elena Clark
Sweet and juicy cherries by Elena Clark

Photorealism is an American art movement that began in the 1960s, its aim being to reproduce an image from a photograph as realistically as possible through another medium, such as painting, drawing and other graphics.

The invention of photography in the 19th century meant that artists were free to experiment without the pressure of creating realistic images. The consequence was the rise of abstract art which dominated the art scene at the beginning of the 20th century. In this context, Photorealism has appeared as a counter movement to Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.

As for the technique, Photorealist artists use their camera to take photos, develop the image and then use a projector or the grid technique to transfer it onto a canvas. The result is a direct copy of the photograph, usually at a larger scale. This requires great technical skill in order to convey reflections or geometrical precision.

While the movement has first appeared in the United States, today, Photorealism is an international movement with artists from all continents travelling abroad to produce their work. Also the advancement of technology means that Photorealist artists can produce even more accurate work.

 

As diverse the art world is nowadays, people will always admire the skill and precision employed by Photorealist artists in their chosen medium. Enjoy our selection.

Southwark Bridge by Simon Fairless
Southwark Bridge by Simon Fairless
Tick Tock by Alan Longmore
Tick Tock by Alan Longmore
Cocktail Glass with LImes II by David Fright
Cocktail Glass with Limes II by David Fright
All Saints From Pontefract by Ria Janta-Cooper
All Saints From Pontefract by Ria Janta-Cooper