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Photorealist 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
“Scompte”, 12 pieces, 2011, Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Photorealism
Located in San Jose, CR
Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Large Horse Portrait Hyperrealistic Beige Taupe Brown Polka Dots Texture 48"x48"
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
"Poetry in Motion" 48" x 48" is a one-of-a-kind, large, monochromatic, hyperrealistic, portrait of a horse, earthy tones, beige, taupe, cream, brown, neutral hues, textured, raised p...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

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Acrylic, Stencil, Stretcher Bars, Other Medium, Paste, Canvas, Paint, Va...

Vince II, Painting, Oil on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
Marshes. Reeds. Lush Landscape. New Jersey Meadowlands. Sunset. :: Painting :: Photorealism :: This piece comes with an official certificate of authenticity signed by the artist :: R...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

“Serie Saguas 5“, Canvas, Painting
Located in San Jose, CR
Argentine artist Viviana Zargón shows us these empty, uninhabited spaces. Their enormous skeletons put into sharp relief the economic and social collapse of the modernist dream. From...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Sweetness -- Original Oil Painting -- Please watch attached video
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Please see accompanying video. One cannot appreciate this painting on a computer screen; in real life, it is absolutely amazing. Because you cannot appreciate it on a computer scre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Baker's Dozen", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dianne L. Massey Dunbar's (US based) "Baker's Dozen" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts twelve glazed donuts in a white pastry box. About the artist: When Dianne M...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Camellia Branch, colorful, still life, superealsim
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Painted directly from live observation, Doug Newton’s hyper-real paintings explore translucency, reflections and luminosity, and dazzle the viewer with all the ways light can transfo...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Covered - hyper-realism face close up finger eye lashes detail oil painting
Located in London, GB
Anne Moses is a British artist living and working in the UK. Since leaving the University of Manchester with a B.A Honours Degree in Fine Art she has been developing and producing wo...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Last Night" Oil Painting 43"x39" inch by Yousra Hafad
Located in Culver City, CA
"Last Night" Oil Painting 43"x39" inch by Yousra Hafad * Due to the Ministry of Culture policy + COVID situation, handling time (paperwork) may take up to 1-3 month. Yousra Hafad...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Mum II - Modern Figurative Oil Painting, Realism, City Scape, Women, Street Art
Located in Salzburg, AT
Artodyssey "Julita Malinowska's paintings belong to those, which once seen - are never forgotten. The open spaces, sometimes cool and bright, at other times heavily saturated with co...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Still life Contemporary painting of a Signed Red Rose and Glass with Water
Located in Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Monreal was born in 1958 in Valencia, Spain. A painter with hyper-realist tendencies who began to paint as a child, at first simply as a pastime. Over time, this hobby led him t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

Untitled 3
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original graphite and charcoal painting by American contemporary artist Joseph Piccillo, "Untitled 3" created in 2014.
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Graphite, Canvas, Charcoal

"Scraping", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Dianne L. Massey Dunbar's (US based) "Scraping" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a construction worker smoothing freshly poured cement in a developing urban landsc...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

Nude Woman
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Hilo Chen, American (1942 - ) Title: MB 3 Year: 1987 Medium: Oil on Canvas, signed and dated verso Size: 24 x 36 in. (60.96 x 91.44 cm) Frame Size: 30 x 42 inches
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1980s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

Circus Liquor
Located in Westport, CT
Artist Statement Nothing But Neon, 2021 I see beauty in old neon signs. I have always been fascinated by the glow inside the hand-bent, glass tubes. I enjoy the sculptural, mechan...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Last Song: Beim Schlafengehen (Going to Sleep)
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Ian Hornak (1944-2002) Title: Last Song: Beim Schlafengehen (Going to Sleep) Year: 1985 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, with Artist Painted Frame Size: 47 x 59 inches Condition: E...
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1980s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Midnight Wish II
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kathleen Keifer's original artworks represent one of the most significant expressions of New California Realism. Keifer brings a fresh perspective to her colorful scenes of everyday ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Underground -Waterloo, Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
Located in Yardley, PA
Created in photo realistic popart style using a limited tonal pallet for this striking work. I worked from one of my photographic images of London for this painting. Daily life in...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

"Reflections in the Monitors" - Photorealistic oil painting by James Zamora
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Using different spatial compositions the artist translates common marketplace imagery into a stylized, elevated environment. Working in oil on canvas, he explores the representation ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Manon Cleary "Rat"
Located in Washington, DC
Photorealist oil painting of rat by Washington D.C. artist Manon Cleary (1942-2011). Painting is signed on reverse "Cleary". Painting is stretched on aluminum stretcher and dates to ...
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1990s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Rt. 30 - Caledonia, PA" - Contemporary Americana Road Painting
Located in New Orleans, LA
An astonishing work of photorealism. I think it speaks for itself, right? In fact, it's probably hard to tell from the pics that it's not a photograph. The artist, Jim Thomson, has p...
Category

Early 2000s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

"Arco del Triunfo Barcelona", Jesus Navarro, Realism, 24x39, Original Oil Canvas
Located in Dallas, TX
"Arco del Triunfo Barcelona" by Jesus Navarro is an original hyperrealism cityscape measuring 24x39 in. A lady in a white blouse is browsing her phone as she rides the trolly pass Th...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Keeping Floating", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Pegah Samaie's (CA based) "Keeping Floating" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts two pink and fuchsia colored origami boats floating in a blue body of water. About t...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

"Flying Machine: Monument to an Uprising," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Gregory Block's (US based) "Flying Machine: Monument to an Uprising" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts yellow and green reeds of Sweet Flag sprouting from the shallo...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Victory Corset shop, acrylic on canvas, 36x30 Vintage New York City image
Located in Southampton, NY
Charles Ford's work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York. A wonderful early painting (1982) by Charles Ford that captures the great lighting and shad...
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1980s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

The Dutch Dodo, Tammy Mackay, Limited Edition Animal Print, Contemporary Art
Located in Deddington, GB
Tammy Mackay The Dutch Dodo Limited Edition Animal Print Edition of 40 Sheet Size: H 61.5cm x W 56.5cm x D 0.1cm Sold Unframed Please note that insitu images are purely an indication...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Paper, C Print

"Awakening," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Awakening" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts purple and yellow Iris flowers blooming from their green stems into the darkness. About th...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Heartland 50" x 70"
Located in Boca Raton, FL
One cannot appreciate this painting on a computer screen; in real life, it is absolutely amazing.  Because you cannot appreciate it on a computer screen, our gallery has a unique pol...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

TV Dinner, Fried Chicken
Located in Westport, CT
Represented by George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles -- Artist Statement Nothing But Neon, 2021 I see beauty in old neon signs. I have always been fascinated by the glow inside the h...
Category

2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Panel

"Awaken," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Brian O'Neill's (US based) "Awaken" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a cloud filled sky in pink and purple hues as it shimmers over a pink ocean crashing to shore. ...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Attributes of Art
By Dana Loomis
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Dana Loomis Title: Attributes of Art Year: 1984 Medium: Oil on Canvas, signed and titled in marker Size: 40 in. x 46 in. (101.6 cm x 116.84 cm) Frame Size: 41 x 47 inches
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1980s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

To Be a Hawk
Located in Burlingame, CA
Lynette Cook, 'To Be a Hawk', 30 x 24, Acrylic on canvas. One of the artist's new 'To Be' paintings that is a recognition of our urban spaces coexisting with nature. Diving deeper, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

CALIFORNIA - Photorealistic Oil and Enamel Painting on Canvas
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incorporating the aesthetics of modern industrial technique, the corrugation in Ross Tamlin’s photorealistic compositions is a visual illusion created by layers of oil and enamel pai...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Enamel

Beige & White Flowers (floral still life)
Located in Hudson, NY
Ben Schonzeit (b.1942). Beige & White Flowers, 2001. Oil on linen, 46 x 62 inches. Signed, titled, dated on verso. Excellent, clean condition. Unframed. A pioneer of the Photorealis...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

Pink Peonies - portrait original hyperrealist photo still life technology modern
Located in London, Chelsea
This contemporary realist painting by James Zamora presents an intimate portrait of a vase of peonies. Achieving a photo-like quality by imparting detailed paint work to the figurati...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"2 Bucks", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Judith Dickinson's (US based) "2 Bucks" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a crumpled two dollar bill on a gray background. About the Artist: Judith considers her l...
Category

2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

"Shrimp Cocktail on Black" Photorealist ptg, bright light, orange/yellow, green
Located in Wellesley, MA
Mary Ellen Johnson is internationally recognized as one of the top Photo Realist painters working today whose extraordinary area of expertise is images of food. Johnson actually de...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Wood Panel, Oil

"The Last," Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Victoria Novak's "The Last" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a still life of tangerines or mandarin oranges peeled and unpeeled with leaves. About the Artist: Rea...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Whoppers No. 2
Located in Los Angeles, CA
James Zamora's realistic “aisle paintings” are well-known throughout the US. Using different spatial compositions the artist translates common marketplace imagery into a stylized, el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Los Angeles Crashing Waves Triptych, Nautical, Handmade Cyanotype in Blue Tones
Located in Barcelona, ES
This is an exclusive handprinted limited edition cyanotype. This gorgeous triptych shows a vigorous crashing wave off Los Angeles Coast. Details: + Title: Los Angeles Crashing Wav...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Photographic Film, Emulsion, Watercolor, Photographic Paper, C Print, Co...

Chicken Bacon Ranch
Located in Los Angeles, CA
James Zamora's realistic “aisle paintings” are well-known throughout the US. Using different spatial compositions the artist translates common marketplace imagery into a stylized, el...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Kentucky Horse Rider
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kathleen Keifer is a California-based internationally collected artist. She is a leading force of the New California Realism. Keifer brings a fresh perspective to her hyperrealistic ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Crushed Coke Can
Located in Los Angeles, CA
James Zamora's realistic “aisle paintings” are well-known throughout the US. Using different spatial compositions the artist translates common marketplace imagery into a stylized, el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

The Creation of Adam -- Original Oil Painting -- Please watch attached video
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Please see the accompanying video. We are a 1stdibs Platinum Seller with 100% 5-star reviews. One cannot appreciate this painting on a computer screen; in real life, it is absolute...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Pool No.11 - contemporary female figure waterscape oil painting photo realist
Located in London, Chelsea
This original artwork by Jean-Pierre Kunkel depicts the human form of a swimmer in pool water in contemporary realism. Rendered in precise photo realism, the artist enhances what can...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Seeker" photorealist oil painting of a white folded sail with exposed linen
Located in Edgartown, MA
Michel Brosseau was born in Nantes and has lived in Bordeaux for many years. Both cities are on the Atlantic coast of France and have rich maritime histories, highlighted by prospero...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

Essex: Industrial Still Life Photo-Realist Painting of Grey & Blue Train
Located in Hudson, NY
Large industrial photo-realist painting on canvas of a grey and steel blue train exterior oil on canvas, thin wood stripping 49 x 73 x 2 inches inches signed, verso Wire is instal...
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Early 2000s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Dark Mane - Photorealistic Painting of a Safari with a Lion and Land Rover
Located in Chicago, IL
A lion strolls in front of a Range Rover in this photorealistic painting entitled "Dark Mane" by Rick Pas. Though small in scale this painting delivers great impact. Every detail i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Panel

"Las Orange" photorealist oil painting of distressed orange life buoy, chingles
Located in Edgartown, MA
Michel Brosseau was born in Nantes and has lived in Bordeaux for many years. Both cities are on the Atlantic coast of France and have rich maritime histories, highlighted by prospero...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Linen, Oil

Calumet Vista - Iron and Steel Girder Bridge, Contemporary Photorealist Painting
Located in Chicago, IL
This painting captures a spiderweb like red iron girder beam steel bridge. Roland has always been fascinated by the built environment. Reflecting on what the structures tell about t...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Flower Aisle 1
Located in Los Angeles, CA
James Zamora's realistic “aisle paintings” are well-known throughout the US. Using different spatial compositions the artist translates common marketplace imagery into a stylized, el...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

Hannah’s Mirror,Rembrandt’s Three Trees Transformed Into The Expulsion From Eden
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Ian Hornak (1944-2002) Title: Hannah’s Mirror, Rembrandt’s Three Trees Transformed Into The Expulsion From Eden Year: 1978 Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 60 x 120 inches Con...
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1970s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Pastel Splash - original cityscape realism modern urban oil painting new york
Located in London, Chelsea
Contemporary realist painter Michael Steinbrick captures a showery perspective of a street scene. Delicately and precisely rendered droplets are illuminated with neon pastel hues whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Crane 2 (Large Photo-realist Oil Painting of a Red & Yellow Crane on Blue)
Located in Hudson, NY
Large, photo-realist painting on canvas featuring a crimson red and yellow industrial crane against a bright sky blue background 97 x 60 x 1.5 inches oil on canvas, thin wood strippi...
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1990s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Six Windows, Myrtle Ave (Photo-Realist Oil Painting of Classic NYC Red Building)
Located in Hudson, NY
Photo-realist oil painting of a classic red brick building exterior in New York City Oil on linen mounted on panel in a handmade walnut frame 10 x 27 x 2 inches framed Wire backing ...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil, Wood Panel

"2015 Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador," Acrylic painting
Located in Denver, CO
Shan Fannin's (US based) "2015 Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador" is an acrylic painting that depicts a banana yellow angles and form of a Lamborghini Giallo Evros Aventador Born ...
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2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

20th Italian Oil Painting trompe l'oeil Studio Interior Palm Tree Realist Museum
By Andrea Vizzini
Located in Buffalo, NY
An original late 20th Century realist interior scene by Italian artist Andrea Vizzini. This important work was exhibited at The Anderson Gallery and comes housed in an attractive wo...
Category

1980s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Plywood, Oil

"King's Highway Deep", Oil Painting
Located in Denver, CO
Heather Neill's (US based) "King's Highway Deep" is an original, handmade oil painting that depicts a dirt trail leading into the forest where fall has sprung and colorful autumn lea...
Category

2010s Photorealist Paintings

Materials

Oil

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