Jason de Graaf

While the whole concept of hyperrealism is to defy the eye in mimicry of real scenery or photographs, I’m nevertheless stunned to see the heights of talent some artists reach in this area. Case in point: Jason de Graaf.

vesalius skeleton (small)

The exactness of proportion and contour needed to pull off multiple reflective spheres in this kind of work is nothing short of incredible.


In reference to his work, he states “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”

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Jason de Graaf


6 Responses to “Jason de Graaf”

  1. No doubt he has a mind-blowing talent for photorealism painting. Which therein lies the dilemma. Half his work is a complete waste of effort, on his part, if a photographer can easily mimic it, as well as a proficient graphic artist. If I was this guy, I’d drop the paint brush for a digital brush and go straight into the special effects industry.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      I think the thrill is in the challenge of perfect replication…in terms of the sheer absurdity of human efforts…there are worse records that have been broken. 🙂

  2. While I’m not generally a great fan of hyperrealism, I do find both the subject matter and composition of de Graaf’s work extremely appealing. I also love the rich saturation, and the fact that his reflections are just ‘off’ enough to give the pieces a weird, other-worldly feel. Have to say they don’t really look like photographs to me (which is a Good Thing!) but that’s probably because I’m a little weird and other-worldly myself 😉

    Wish I could see the originals, rather than just viewing them on my small screen… -Nx

  3. Reblogged this on Swackhammer and commented:
    whoa, would that I could draw like this.

  4. Johnd934 Says:

    weblog. Loads of gratitude sharing. fkgdeekkdcba

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