Gallery by the Harbour and State-of-the-Arts Gallery are proud to present “Photography by a Paintbrush” at Gallery by the Harbour, a world-class group exhibition that connects 7 hyperrealist artists from 4 countries and celebrates the development and growing importance of contemporary hyperrealism in the world of art. The exhibition will show a fine collection of paintings by McAlpine Miller (Scotland), Glennray Tutor and Thomas Stiltz (U.S.A.), Rafael De la Rica, Miguel Cardona and Marti Bofarull (Spain), and Jacques Bodin (France), demonstrating how photorealism has evolved and offered the world a new perspective to look at realism.

 

Hyperrealism is an art movement that began in the early 2000s, and has gained massive popularity recently with its strong emphasis on technique and visual communication. Far from being merely an imitation of photography, hyperrealist work strives to unveil something that is beneath the realistic image, be it social, cultural or political implication. Thanks to the development of digital technology, artists are now able to transcend the limitations of the lens and human eyes to produce works of extreme precision, an image that is even more ‘real’ than what we see. This is a false reality created by artists who make meticulous changes to a painting’s depth of field, colour and composition in order to emphasize a socially conscious message.

Hyperrealism is a kind of performance art that astonishes the beholder and invites them to engage into deeper levels of discourse. These paintings lead us to re-think and re-evaluate the values in our life and look at our world from a whole new perspective.

 

「海港城 美術館」與 State-of-the Arts Gallery 畫廊帶來世界級超寫實主義畫家聯展《畫筆下的照片》,展出七位來自四個國家的知名畫家︰McAlpine Miller(蘇格蘭)、Glennray TutorThomas Stiltz(美國)、Miguel CardonaMarti Bofarull Rafael De la Rica(西班牙)及Jacques Bodin(法國)的畫作系列,為超寫實藝術重新定義,反映時代演變與藝術發展不可分割的關係。

 

超寫實主義始於二十年代初,為當時嶄新的藝術流派,著重繪畫技巧、觀察力及視覺交流。它不只是對照片單純的描摹,更是對實物背後的社會、文化或是政治含意的揭示。現今數碼科技的發展讓畫家能輕易超越肉眼和鏡頭的界限,捕捉並創作出極度精確,比我們肉眼看見更為像真的作品。藝術家們對畫作的景深、顏色和構圖作出嚴密的改動,繪畫出一個疑幻似真的空間,就好比一張張「高解析度照片」,由此帶出大眾關心的事物,以及和潮流、文化、政治、商業、社會有關的議題。

超寫實主義其實是行為藝術的一種,先吸引看眾的注意力,然後引領我們走進更深層次的反思論述。這些畫作令我們重新思索人生的價值,以另一角度觀察我們身處的世界。