November 9, 2012 in art
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If you want to click the image above, it will enlarge to allow you to really check out the mind-boggling detail in the piece. Go ahead. Seriously, just click the goddamn picture already; it’s nuts.
Did you do it? Ok, good.
You might be confused as to why it’s been labeled as “oil on panel,” rather than as a digital image, mixed-media, or even as something like Krylon on plastic child mannequin. It’s not a typo–Seattle artist, John Brophy just has a remarkable grasp on lighting, texture, and depth. If his work looks like a random photoshop project assembled during a cubensis trip, that’s because there is a digital aspect to his creation process, just not in the final result. Brophy utilizes computer programs like photoshop, Maya, and ZBrush to create meticulous 3-Dimensional images, which he later renders with impressive accuracy through his use of oil paints on panel. So… that’s pretty much it, I guess. He simply creates crazy looking 3D images using software and then… they just turn into oil paintings. I guess that only really explains what he uses as direct visual references for his painting, but not exactly how he manages to actually produce such hyper-realistic works. The answer to that question is simple, though: he’s just really fucking good at painting.
His latest collection of paintings, titled, “New Songs for the Standard Model” will be on display at the Seattle gallery, Roq la Rue. The opening is tonight(Nov. 9, 2012) and Brophy will be in attendance. Read the rest of this entry →