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Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

PHOTOREALISM

A direct challenge to Abstract Expressionism’s subjectivity and gestural vigor, Photorealism was informed by the Pop predilection for representational imagery, popular iconography and tools, like projectors and airbrushes, borrowed from the worlds of commercial art and design.

Whether gritty or gleaming, the subject matter favored by Photorealists is instantly, if vaguely, familiar. It’s the stuff of yellowing snapshots and fugitive memories. The bland and the garish alike flicker between crystal-clear reality and dreamy illusion, inviting the viewer to contemplate a single moment rather than igniting a story.

The virtues of the “photo” in Photorealist art — infused as they are with dazzling qualities that are easily blurred in reproduction — are as elusive as they are allusive. “Much Photorealist painting has the vacuity of proportion and intent of an idiot-savant, long on look and short on personal timbre,” John Arthur wrote (rather admiringly) in the catalogue essay for Realism/Photorealism, a 1980 exhibition at the Philbrook Museum of Art, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At its best, Photorealism is a perpetually paused tug-of-war between the sacred and the profane, the general and the specific, the record and the object.

Robert Bechtle invented Photorealism, in 1963,” says veteran art dealer Louis Meisel. “He took a picture of himself in the mirror with the car outside and then painted it. That was the first one.”

The meaning of the term, which began for Meisel as “a superficial way of defining and promoting a group of painters,” evolved with time, and the core group of Photorealists slowly expanded to include younger artists who traded Rolleiflexes for 60-megapixel cameras, using advanced digital technology to create paintings that transcend the detail of conventional photographs.

On 1stDibs, the collection of Photorealist art includes work by Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Charles Bell and others.

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Style: Photorealist
"Grove Hardware" - Framed Superrealism Photorealist Watercolor Painting
Located in New Orleans, LA
A feat of superrealism masterfully done using watercolor, a notoriously difficult medium. (I apologize for the reflections on the glass - I took a couple of shots at a slight angle t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Spoonbill
Located in Denver, CO
Adonna Khare is an American master carbon-pencil artist. Her style has been compared to the photo-realistic illustrations of Audubon, but the surreal worlds and strange inhabitants s...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Riverbank 5, photorealist graphite landscape drawing, 2021
Located in New York, NY
Mary Reilly’s laborious method of toning her paper serves as the starting point for her intricate compositions. She begins by covering the entire sheet with up to eight smooth, unmod...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite, Paper

Tempestuous Tidal in Blue, Stormy Seascape Diptych, Cyanotype Print, Duo, Blue
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. "Tempestuous Tidal in Blue" is an original cyanotype diptych portraying the tidal behavior during a storm. Details: + T...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Lithograph, Monotype, Photogram, Photographic Film, Emulsion, Watercolor...

"Stardust Dine-o-Mat," Watercolor Neon Signs signed by Bruce McCombs
Located in Milwaukee, WI
"Stardust Dine-o-Mat" is an watercolor signed by Bruce McCombs. Diner exterior with many neon lights painted at night, welcoming food lover inside for a delicious meal. Image: 21.75...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Sail Boats
Located in Miami, FL
A precise and exact rendering and meticulous spacial arrangement are on full display in Lewandowski's this later work. The work looks better in person. The artwork is in pristine co...
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1990s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Gouache

Amur Maple Bonsai, photorealist floral still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
Ever-interested in delicate and often toiling labor, David Morrison’s newest body of work stems from his practice as a master gardener. David’s methodical cultivation of irises and b...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Iris Series No. 5, photorealist floral still life drawing, colored pencil
Located in New York, NY
David Morrison’s new series of Iris drawings are regal in their naturalism. Morrison uses his extreme attention to detail to give equal weight to both the blooms’ delicate features a...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Large Photo Realist Pop Art Watercolor Painting Children's Toys Teddy Bear Block
Located in Surfside, FL
Michael Beck (American, b. 1943) Watercolor painting on paper, 1986 "First Fruits", Hand signed, dated and titled along lower margins Gallery label verso, Matted and framed under...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Great Western Staircase, New York State Capitol Building, Albany
Located in New York, NY
Richard Haas Great Western Staircase, New York State Capitol Building, Albany, 1980 Pastel on paper drawing Hand-signed by artist, Signed and dated 1980; bears RDA (Readers Digest As...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Pastel

Wintry Trees 5, photorealist graphite landscape drawing
Located in New York, NY
Mary Reilly’s laborious method of toning her paper serves as the starting point for her intricate compositions. She begins by covering the entire sheet with up to eight smooth, unmod...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Graphite

Bison and Bears
Located in Denver, CO
This is a unframed large scale original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art fr...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Sketch jewellery set necklace and earrings - Van Cleef Bulgari Cartier Cravatte
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very rare preparatory drawing for a high jewellery parure in gold, diamonds and rubies. Gouache on tracing paper, signed. It is titled on the back of the frame: "Ruby tie" Philippe ...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper

Buffalo with Flowers
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Untitled (Male Nude), 1978, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1978. Paper Size: 43.5 x 29.75 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBIT...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Untitled (Male Nude), 1974, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1974. Paper Size: 38 x 23.5 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBITT (...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Untitled (Male Nude), 1973, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1973. Paper Size: 37.75 x 30.25 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBI...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Magnolia Blossom Series No. 3, photorealist colored pencil still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
David Morrison's freshly bloomed Magnolia and Iris drawings further his play with artifice and hyperrealism. Cream and rose-colored blossoms seem to jump boldly from their branches. ...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Untitled (Male Nude), 1990, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1990. Paper Size: 59.75 x 40.25 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBI...
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1990s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Snapshot Series No. 2 (Iris), photorealist colored pencil still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
David Morrison's freshly bloomed Magnolia and Iris drawings further his play with artifice and hyperrealism. Cream and rose-colored blossoms seem to jump boldly from their branches. ...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Snapshot Series No. 1 (Iris), photorealist colored pencil still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
David Morrison's freshly bloomed Magnolia and Iris drawings further his play with artifice and hyperrealism. Cream and rose-colored blossoms seem to jump boldly from their branches. ...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Hyper Realistic drawing of a greyhound whippet - 1992
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stunning and very skilfully created portrait of a greyhound dog The total dimensions are ca. 52 by 43 cms and the sight size is ca. 37 by 28 cms. Monogrammed and dated lower right....
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20th Century Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pencil

Untitled (Male Nude), 1977, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1977. Paper Size: 52.5 x 40 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBITT (...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Elk Swing
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Untitled (Male Nude), 1973, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1973. Paper Size: 38.5 x 26.75 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBIT...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

Materials

Graphite

Untitled (Male Nude), 1980, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1980. Paper Size: 54.75 x 39.75 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBI...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Before the Sun Goes Down: Figurative Photorealist Painting of a Woman in Water
Located in Hudson, NY
Horizontal figurative photo-realist painting of a woman with a red bikini floating in aqua blue pool water "Before the Sun Goes Down", painted by Hudson Valley artist, Samantha Frenc...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

'L'Oreal No. 2, Troyes', French Village, Boise, National Watercolor Society
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'E. Brigeois' for Evelyne Brigeois (French, 1946-2016) and dated 1985; additionally signed, verso, dated and titled, 'Troyes #2'. Born in Troyes, France in 1946...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Laid Paper

'L'Oreal No. 3, Troyes', French Village, National Watercolor Society, Fashion
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'E. Brigeois' for Evelyne Brigeois (French, 1946-2016) and dated 1985; additionally signed, verso, dated and titled, 'Troyes #3'. Born in Troyes, France in 1946...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Laid Paper

'Bijouterie, Tulle, France', French Village, Boise, National Watercolor Society
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'E. Brigeois' for Evelyne Brigeois (French, 1946-2016) and dated 1988; additionally signed, verso, and dated. Born in Troyes, France in 1946, Evelyne Brigeois g...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Laid Paper

Sketch for a jewel set - necklace and earrings - Van Cleef Bulgari Cartier 1985
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very rare preparatory drawing for a high jewellery parure in gold; diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. Gouache on tracing paper, signed. It is annotated on the back of the frame "2 for...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper

Untitled (Male Nude), 1977, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1977. Paper Size: 48.5 x 38.75 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBIT...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

"Asterix in Spain" Pastel Drawing
Located in Denver, CO
Irene Georgopoulou's "Asterix in Spain" is an original, handmade pastel drawing that depicts a items from childhood such as: jelly beans, letter blocks, marbles, game pieces and cart...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Pastel

Untitled (Male Nude), 1973, Original Drawing—Lowell Nesbitt
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original graphite drawing on artist’s board, 1973. Paper Size: 40 x 30.25 inches Signed & dated in pencil. Excellent Condition. Notes: LGBTQ, gay interest drawing. LOWELL NESBITT ...
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1970s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Graphite

Wolf and Bear
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Green Orchid, Lowell Nesbitt - Drawing
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original oil pastel drawing on handmade paper mounted on linen backing board, 1986. Paper Size: 21 x 23 inches. Signed and dated. LOWELL NESBITT (1933-1993) One of the most celebrat...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Handmade Paper

Three Single Anemones, Lowell Nesbitt - Drawing
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original oil pastel drawing on handmade paper mounted on linen backing board, 1986. Paper Size: 23.5 x 23 inches. Signed and dated. LOWELL NESBITT (1933-1993) One of the most celebr...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Handmade Paper

Parrot Tulip, Lowell Nesbitt - Drawing
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original oil pastel drawing on handmade paper mounted on linen backing board, 1986. Paper Size: 23 x 21 inches. Signed and dated. LOWELL NESBITT (1933-1993) One of the most celebrat...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Handmade Paper

Pink Poppy, Lowell Nesbitt - Drawing
Located in Mount Clemens, MI
Original oil pastel drawing on handmade paper mounted on linen backing board, 1986. Paper Size: 23 x 23 inches. Signed and dated. LOWELL NESBITT (1933-1993) One of the most celebrat...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Handmade Paper

Rhino with Butterflies
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Botanical Cyanotype Print of Fractal Blue Cactus, Pattern, Modern Still-Life
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype of a beautiful fractal blue cactus. Details: + Title: Fractal Blue Cactus + Year: 2022 + Edition Size: 100 + Stamped and ...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Emulsion, Mixed Media, Watercolor, Photographic Paper, Monoprint, Monotype

Jurassic Aloe Leaves, Botanical Cyanotype on Paper, Blue Plants, Nature Details
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype of a beautiful Aloe plant. Details: + Title: Jurassic Aloe Leaves + Year: 2021 + Edition Size: 100 + Stamped and Certifica...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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C Print, Color, Photogram, Other Medium, Photographic Film, Emulsion, Wa...

Iris Series No. 4, photorealist floral still life drawing, colored pencil
Located in New York, NY
David Morrison’s new series of Iris drawings are regal in their naturalism. Morrison uses his extreme attention to detail to give equal weight to both the blooms’ delicate features a...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

David Hunt, Fox 1, Original Animal Art, Contemporary Black and White Drawing
Located in Deddington, GB
David Hunt Fox 1 Original Animal Drawing Graphite on Gessoed Panel Drawing Size: H 91.5cm x W 107cm x D 0.01cm Framed Size: H 99cm x W 114.5cm Sold Framed Please note that in situ im...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Gesso, Graphite

Blinded and Dumbed II
Located in Miami, FL
Realism Portrait Drawing
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Charcoal, Archival Paper, Pencil

UPOFU
Located in Miami, FL
Black and White Hyperrealism Drawing
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15th Century and Earlier Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Pencil, Carbon Pencil

Untitled (The Road to Swindon)
Located in New York, NY
Colin Hunt (b. 1973) is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist working primarily in egg tempera and watercolor. His recent series of landscapes of the Avebury stone circle outside of London are...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor

Stick Series No. 12, Photorealist colored pencil drawing, still life
Located in New York, NY
Artist David Morrison creates hyperrealistic, yet abstracted, finely detailed pencil drawings of found natural objects, both by observing the object itself under magnification, and a...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

'Cherries in the Sunshine', Aegean, Hydra, Greece, National Watercolor Society
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'E. Brigeois' for Evelyne Brigeois (French, 1946-2016) and dated 19868; additionally titled, verso, 'Hydra, the Cherries'. A view of a townhouse window on the Gr...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Watercolor, Laid Paper

Owl
Located in Denver, CO
This is a unframed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from Californi...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Sleeping Bears
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Carbon Pencil, Archival Paper

Sketch for a jewel set - necklace and earrings - Van Cleef Bulgari Cartier Ruby
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very rare preparatory drawing for a high jewellery parure in gold, chrysoprases, diamonds and rubies, 1985 Philippe Deloison was a designer for the greatest jewelers of Place Vendôm...
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1980s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper

Maple Seed Pods, photorealist still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
The latest drawings from David Morrison are master classes in translucence and negative space. Magnified to larger-than-life proportions, Morrison’s networks of delicate membranes an...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Spine Tree
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Elephant, Bears, and Hammock
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Archival Paper, Carbon Pencil

Chinese Lantern, photorealist still life drawing
Located in New York, NY
The latest drawings from David Morrison are master classes in translucence and negative space. Magnified to larger-than-life proportions, Morrison’s networks of delicate membranes an...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Color Pencil

Big Bear
Located in Denver, CO
This is a framed original drawing on paper. Adonna Khare is an America Artist mainly focused on carbon pencil on paper drawings. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Carbon Pencil, Archival Paper

Stbef097-Contemporary, Abstract, Minimalism, Modern, Pop art, Geometric, Acrylic
Located in London, London
Stq097, 1997 His work has been shown in Reina Sofía Museum of Madrid, Royal Academy of London, Arco Madrid, Pinta Art Fair, London, London Art Fair, The Other Art Fair, London, and...
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2010s Photorealist Drawings and Watercolor Paintings

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Paper, Acrylic, Pencil

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