Wrinkled Paintings by Stefania Fersini

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Creating an interesting wrinkled, crumpled paper effect while using oil on canvas, Stefania Fersini recreates photoreal fashion magazine portraits as a comment on excess and waste. "I’m fed up of going fast, tired of the excesses and superficiality. I need to paint to slow down. I take time off, to meditate, to fast from what is too much. To contemplate beauty, where there is some. I copy because the solution to excess is not to create 'new'."

Hyperreal Pencil Drawings by Redosking

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 20, 2014
We know eyes are an important piece of the artist's puzzle when doing either figurative or any kind of painting, but these pieces from Redosking are quite impressive on the scale of talented of hyperreal works. Knowing that they are done by colored pencils with this much detail is another measure of the artist's talent. 

The Hyperreal Works of Dutch Artist, Jantina Peperkamp

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 28, 2014
The photorealistic painting of the Dutch artist Jantina Peperkamp emit a soft and exquisite light with an incredible precision, while the viewers can read a certain loneliness and desolation in it. The final result is established by the energy that arises between the artist and her model, as the artist functions as observer and as identifier. Because Jantina Peperkamp considers all her paintings as self-portraits, and it is very important for the painter to recognize herself in her models.

TRAC2014, Women by Women, and Resonating Images III

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The second coming of The Representational Art Conference (TRAC) will take place March 2-5, 2014 at the Crowne Point Plaza hotel in Ventura. The 4-day conference is packed with presentations, demos, and panel discussions given by an international cast of artists, curators, philosophers, and art writers. The brain child of Michael Pearce and Michael Lynn Adams, the conference was founded in 2012 responding to a need for more writing and organizational support for our growing contemporary figurative movement.

Update: The Photoreal Works of Yigal Ozeri

Juxtapoz // Thursday, February 13, 2014
New York-based artist Yigal Ozeri has continued to take hyper-realism to the next level. It's hard to believe that his work isn’t an actual photograph. Capturing solar flares, dreamy light, and contrasting color tones, he’s shown just how far he’s willing to go to capture a moment.

Paintings by Jason Bard Yarmosky

Juxtapoz // Friday, February 07, 2014
Jason Bard Yarmosky has devoted much of his painting to exploring the concept of aging through portraits of grandparents. The cheerful nature of his work lends a playful but honest touch to a beautiful series of paintings. Jason is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and currently lives in New York City.

The Surreal Works of Jorge Santos

Juxtapoz // Thursday, January 23, 2014
Looking through our archives this week, we remembered how much we liked the cover story from June 2006 with Portuguese painter, Jorge Santos. We love the way his work is described on his website: "They are not pre-assembled sets such as that of the Realist painter, and any 'photo realist' instances are purely the result of the artist’s skill to portray a likeness."

Best of 2013: Photoreal Drawings by Diego Fazio

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Originally published on January 10th, 2013: What we love about thse photoreal drawings by Diego Fazio is that he also gives us a bit of behind-the-scenes process shots as well. Using only pencil and paper, Fazio began as a tattoo artist and now can spend up to 200 hours on a single pencil portrait.

Dan Witz's Mosh Pit Paintings

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Dan Witz is a unique artist in that both his work outside and inside translate very well, often being difficult for many artists. His photo-realistic paintings often have his audience questioning and second-guessing. Born in Chicago, Witz has been exhibiting his paintings for the better part of two decades.The following are few selections from his series “Mosh Pits.”

Facial Fallout Series by Reiner Hansen

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 30, 2013
Recently, I hopped on the subway to sit for a portrait at Reiner Hansen’s Brooklyn studio and I got see the new series she had been telling me about. In these square format paintings (all 16x16 inches), Reiner merges her own likeness with cliche female types depicted in the media. These women sometimes look like desperate housewives, Walmart shoppers, plastic surgery victims, and crazed Alpha females. 
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