You Will Not Believe These Are Not Real

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Artists who specialize in the niche expression of hyperrealism art will make you believe you’re looking at something other than a painting or sculpture – most of the time, a digital or filmed piece of photography. When I see these works – especially in person – I am always blown away that someone could actually draw, sculpt or paint something that looks so real.

All of these artists have a special talent and many say the pieces take over 1000 hours to complete, depending on the size and scope. It amazes me that people have the talent and the patience to create anything close to this:

1. Omar Ortiz – Oil on linen
Looks so real – but only the artist below in blue is
2. Paul Cadden – Pencil on paper
3. Kamalky Laureano – Acrylic on canvas

You might wonder when, why and how did the origins of Hyperrealism begin? The journey began a long time ago, with several incarnations and no doubt, many more to come in the future:

4. Gregory Thielker – Oil on canvas


The Realism art movement began in France during the 1850s after the French Revolution because painters of the time rejected the dominant Romanticism style in favor of scenes that depicted the realities of daily life in France.
5. Lee Price – Oil on linen

6. Ben Weiner – Paintings of paint

Like Hyperealism, Realist pioneers such as Gustave Courbet, Jean-François Millet, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot painted ordinary surroundings, with ordinary people engaged in ordinary activities.
7. Ron Mueck – Sculpture and mixed materials

In 1839, the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic process in Paris was the early era of photography, and some painters felt pushed to compete with the new medium.
8. Kim Ji-hoon – Pencil

9. Christina K – Drawing on tinted brown paper

Photorealism began to catch on as artists first attempted to depict a photograph as realistically as possible. During the late 1960s and early 1970’s it was a reaction to Abstract Expressionism and was pretty much centered in America and pop culture.
10. Ray Hare – Acrylic on canvas

11. Thomas Arvid – Limited edition giclee on canvas

12. Samuel Silva – Ballpoint pen

By then, photos were so common, the medium threatened to lessen the power of imagery in traditional art, but American Pop artists were primarily pointing out the absurdity of commercial imagery and Photorealists were trying to reclaim and celebrate the value of an image.
13. Gottfried Helnwein – Oil and acrylic on canvas

14. Kelvin Okafor – Graphite pencils

Despite the obvious skill this takes, realist artists at the time were scoffed at from art snobs who viewed their dependence on photographs as “cheating.”
15. Robert Longo – Charcoal on mounted paper

Hyperrealism is a relatively new art movement that got its name in 1973, when Belgian art dealer Isy Brachot made L’hyperréalisme.
16. Diego Fazio – Charcoal pencil

17. Bryan Drury – Oil on wood

#9 was my favorite, but i thought #16 was the most real. What about yours?

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