Still life has been a well practiced subject in art for centuries. It gives us the opportunity to appreciate the beauty that lies within everyday objects we so often overlook. Hyperrealists Jacques Bodin, Pedro Campos and Elena Molinari all create paintings within this genre. Their work explores material pleasures such as food and wine, or portray the ephemerality and brevity of life in naturally graphic ways, such as a moulding piece of fruit.
Another of hyperrealist artists’ favourite subject is glass, utilising reflective or transparent surfaces for their manipulative potential, enhancing the normal and adding to the sense of reality. Landscape too takes on new perspectives in hyperrealism, occasionally combining into the metallic and glass structures of urban cityscapes.
Plus One Gallery’s 2016 Winter Show showcases a selection of the hyperrealist work including several, new, still life paintings. The exhibit features the work of twenty six revered hyperrealism artists, including Paul Cadden, David Finnigan and Cynthia Poole.
Cadden strives to create an emotional, social or cultural impact by intensifying the normal in his extraordinary pencil drawings. He is strongly influenced by the scenes of everyday life he encounters on his travels, particularly those of other cultures. Some of his latest designs have been inspired by his visit to the Guilin region of Southern China.
Finnigan is currently exploring the parameters of non-reality. He has moved away from traditional hyperrealism by painting scenes that have never existed. This means the viewer is presented with a manipulation of reality, altered to make the painting work aesthetically rather than presenting a truth.
The Winter Show exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to see a diverse selection of works, from the most talented contemporary hyperrealists, side by side. Sculptural work by Paul Day, Tom Martin’s distortion of scale, signature animal paintings by Alexandra Klimas and Nourine Hammad’s exploration of texture and material through Joker playing cards are all featured.
A clever blend of paintings that use similar materials and work with contrasting styles, hues and subject matters gives each hyperrealist an artistic freedom, culminating in an exceptionally engaging exhibition.