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Incredibly Realistic Paintings of Richard Estes

This trend in art is often criticized as unnecessary, they say long ago people have already invented a camera and a copy machine for these purposes. Realism, hyperrealism – these trends are aimed at a truthful reproduction of reality, as accurately as possible, in all the details, in order to show any object, person, nature exactly as they are.

Why do people draw what can be photographed? We can evaluate the result in a second, after seeing a preview on the screen, and a minute later we will keep the finished picture in the hand. Many people do not consider realism as art, based on the fact that the author does not show his creativity, but only copies something what already exists. I never cease to assert that this is the highest level of art and craftsmanship, to transfer the image to the canvas as distinctly, that it can be confused with a photo!

Today, there are many craftsmen working in this field, but I want to remember one of them, who first made me marvel at his skillful fingers – outstanding photorealist artist Richard Estes. He combines my favorite topics – creativity, realism, urban landscapes.

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Richard Estes was born May 14, 1932, Kewanee, Illinois, USA. After graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, he was interested only in the traditional academic painting. However, since 1967 the artist had a great desire to create his own theme. He began to paint large cities of the late 20th century.

He wanted not just to reflect the reality, but to create paintings in which we could see the ideal reality, perfection of forms and colors, rationalism. And the result was a kind of superreality. Clarity of lines, idealized correct forms, shadows, reflections, mirrors – the subtlest work! The uniformity and accuracy of photorealistic images of Richard Estes occasionally include features of an abstract painting. Due the expression of the artist – “The reality is changed according to your taste.”

His ideal reality displays perfect, rationally organized structures and objects that have in its essence much more in common with our reality than just we have seen around us. He has developed a special technique of imaging, when as a result of combining many pictures, he obtains, in terms of artistic perspectives, not always correct, but very spectacular panoramas.

Enjoy the ideal world of Richard Estes – icon of photorealism.

Williamsburg Bridge (1995) by Richard Estes

“Williamsburg Bridge” (1995) by Richard Estes

Tower Bridge. London (1989) by Richard Estes

“Tower Bridge. London” (1989) by Richard Estes

"Madison Square" (1994) by Richard Estes

“Madison Square” (1994) by Richard Estes

"Jone’s Diner" (1979)

“Jone’s Diner” (1979) by Richard Estes

"Columbus Circle Looking North" (2009)

“Columbus Circle Looking North” (2009) by Richard Estes

 "Time Square" (2004) by Richard Estes

 “Time Square” (2004) by Richard Estes

"Cafe Express" (1975) by Richard Estes

“Cafe Express” (1975) by Richard Estes

"The Eye Man" (2014)

“The Eye Man” (2014) by Richard Estes

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