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5 years ago

Jason de Graaf Uses Acrylic Paint To Create Unbelievably Realistic Paintings

Vanity Fair

Jason de Graaf is the man who is doing something very exceptional and hard to believe. Yes, you need to have another look at these images to believe that these are hype-realistic paintings by Jason de Graaf who used acrylic paint on the canvas to create these wonderful acrylic paintings.

Jason writes on his personal blog that “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life. I choose colours and composition intuitively with the intent of infusing my paintings with mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.”

A Perfect Day In Which Nothing Really Happened

A Wave Of Refreshment Aether Aphelion Archimedes' Principle Bedlam Citadel Civitas Colossus Contortionist Dalliance Evergreen Everything I Want is Expensive Fluid Mechanics Heliocentric Hibernis Kiwi Splash Lucky Luke Odyssey Pachyderm's Dilemma Parallel Lines That Never Meet Perihelion Reflections of Modern Art Separate Skies Seven Chambers Solstice Spirits Of Oisterwijk Tandem That Morning The Elusive Dawn The X-Statix Theater of The Sky Ultramarine

My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose subjects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life. I choose colours and composition intuitively with the intent of infusing my paintings with mood and mystery. Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.

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