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“Photography by a Paintbrush” – Group Exhibition of Master Hyperrealist Artists

Gallery by the Harbour and State-of-the-Arts Gallery are proud to present “Photography by a Paintbrush” at Gallery by the Harbour from 30 Aug to 16 Sep 2013, 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). 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. 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.
All of the participating artists incorporate their own interpretation of hyperrealism and create their own versions of reality on canvases.
1. McAlpine Miller’s thoughts on our disposable society, suggesting and questioning the importance and value of those celebrated objects such as Consumerism, Fame, Celebrity and Money.
2. Glennray Tutor’s paintings are immersed with bright colors, nostalgic items, metaphor, and with a complete focus on details.
3. Thomas Stiltz focuses on fine wines collection to demonstrate hyperrealistic paintings that are typically 10 to 20 times the size of the original photographic reference sources, yet retain an extremely high resolution in colors, precision and details.
4. Rafael De la Rica creates tangible solidity and still life through subtle lighting and shading effects.
5. Miguel Cardona has his special way looking at cars and streets, capturing the ways light interact with urban landscapes, giving special attention to the reflections.
6. Jacques Bodin captures the beauty of human hair as a window to the interiority of human. This is exceptionally organized in the manner in which he captures the subjects and depicts them with meticulous attention.
7. Marti Bofarull creates his cityscape paintings not only required a high level of technical prowess and virtuosity to simulate a false reality but also incorporates and often capitalizes upon photographic limitations such as depth of field, perspective and range of focus.
Selected Works