Hyperrealism – The Concept
Hyperrealism is a full-fledged school of Western Painting that involves the creation of paintings and sculptures, resembling high-resolution photographs. It is an independent art style and a movement that progressed in Europe and the United States, since the beginning of the new millennium.
Under the style of Hyperrealism, artists use modern mechanical equipment to transfer images on the canvas or into the mold. They employ appliances, such as photographic slide projectors and multimedia devices to complete their work. All these technically advanced tools are important, as Hyperrealism pertains to the simulation of a false reality. In other words, Hyperrealist painters create a two dimensional version of a three dimensional real image, through persuasive photography imagery.
Hyperrealism – The Correlation
Hyperrealism is a relatively new style of art, often recognized as the offshoot of the school of ‘Photorealism.’ The sculptures and paintings belonging to this genre of art are in no manner similar to the literal illustrations of particular scenes or objects, nor can they be called the strict interpretations of photographic images. However, they make use of subtle pictorial elements to affect the illusion of a reality that neither exists, nor can be deciphered by the human eyes. As opposed to Photorealism, where the artists focused on imitating photographs and worked meticulously to deliberately omit various details, Hyperrealism tends to be more literal. Instead of avoiding photographic anomalies, such as image degradation, digital fractalization, and subtractive versus additive color creation, Hyperrealism incorporates and even capitalizes upon all the kinds of photographic limitations. Photorealism on the other hand, lives on a method of execution that is not only tight and precise, but also covers the mundane, everyday imagery in the most mechanical manner.
Hyperrealism – The Additionals
While sticking to extreme details, Hyperrealism also pertains with the addition of ethereal lighting and shading effects to the final work, in order to enhance the extent of reality depicted in the picture. The shapes and forms closest to the image’s forefront visually appear far beyond the front view plane of the canvas. Surprisingly, the sculptures developed under this style offer clearer details than nature itself.
Most of the Hyperrealist painters and artists have been known to digress from the more common style of Photorealism by incorporating profound political social and cultural themes in their work. Instead of reproducing photographic images, they venture into the production of a lively replica of a certain real situation or scene by capturing its image in time.
Some of the most popular Hyperrealist painters include Chuck Close, Alicia St. Rose, Jacques Bodin, Denis Peterson, Bert Monroy, Steven Mills, and Mariano Morakis.