Gustavo Silva Nuñez Lifelike Paintings of Swimmers

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Gustavo Silva Nuñez is an artist based in Valencia, Venezuela. He has created an extraordinary artwork of portrait paintings. One of his art series includes swimmers in water.

His work depicts realistically by making use of light source and reflection of water. It look like having physical existence of human in the 3D effect.

The inclusive of body tattoos on the subject adds a double shot of his artistic prose in realism art.

Gustavo Silva Nuñez, Paintings, Realism
Gustavo Silva Nuñez on Realism Paintings

A photo posted by Edwin Lua (@rollerband) on

A photo posted by Edwin Lua (@rollerband) on

A photo posted by Edwin Lua (@rollerband) on

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Impressive Drip Painting Portrait by Agnes-Cecile

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Impressive drip painting portrait by Agnes-Cecile from Italy has recently showcased another powerful portrait paintings on YouTube. drip painting portrait, agnes-cecile

While the instrumental music plays in a calm soothing melody, her hand holding a dripping ‘brush’, dances elegantly like a rhythmic gymnastic with a ribbon wand.

Eloquent and timely in every dripping paints that enable her to visually articulate with expressive strokes from a thousand words.

Embracing the natural free falling of black paint dripping on the white canvas.

Slowly and gently, an abstract portrait starts to show up in a captivate manner.

Below sharing her latest video drip painting portrait – frail lull

Portrait Paintings of Jackie Chan using 64k of Chopsticks

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Red Hong Yi has created a new portrait paintings of the Hong Kong martial artist, Jackie Chan. Not by ink or pastel, but simply using chopsticks.

As mentioned in her YouTube, 64,000 pieces of Chinese chopsticks was accounted.

Below sharing video of her making of portrait artwork on the likeness of Jackie Chan.

Gertrude Käsebier on Portraits of Native Americans

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Gertrude Käsebier on Portraits of Native Americans, plus Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit who was a popular American chorus girl and artists’ mode

Miss N, Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit, 1903, Gertrude Käsebier Indian Chief, ca.1901, Gertrude Käsebier Chief Iron Tail, Gertrude Käsebier Gertrude Käsebier, The Red Man, 1903
Chief Flying Hawk, Gertrude Kasebier, 1898
Chief Flying Hawk, Gertrude Kasebier, 1898
Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1902, Gertrude Kasebier
Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1902, Gertrude Kasebier

Charles Darwin, His Portrait Photography

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About a week ago, I started to read “The Voyage of the Beagle” written by Charles Darwin published in 1839. A descriptive good book to learn how a naturalist view the world.

As I read, I occasionally google for references which frequently appear in the book. It could be places in the map where Charles Darwin had traveled, or names of animals least heard of. darwin beard

Time spent on reading background of people has also help to better understand this great novel.

While I reading some profile of the prominent figures in the book, the portrait photograph of Charles Darwin took me quite surprise.

Most of the portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is either seen as a bald-headed individual with bushy wisdom beard, or a scientist of younger look with patches of facial hair grown as sideburns.

The strikingly outstanding feature is his frontal bone with distinctive roofs of the orbits of his eyes, giving an expression portraying seriously stern and brutally sobered long face.

Just look like your disciplinary master of in your primary school.

If Charles Darwin were to write children books, I think, having enjoyed reading a fun-loving fiction, little young innocent ones would be shock to realize a fierce-looking author with revelation (!)

From Wikipedia, I found an interesting quote whom he wrote to describe his portrait to the botanist, Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Interestingly, having that harsh look, he did have some sense of humor in this quote.

 “if I really have as bad an expression, as my photograph gives me, how I can have one single friend is surprising.”

Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography
Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography

Contemporary Realism, Ana Teresa Fernandez

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Ana Teresa Fernandez from Tampico, Mexico, is a talented female artist whose artworks based on contemporary realism.

However, with a characteristic blends with symbolism, a 19th-century artistic movement rejecting Realism. Ana Teresa Fernandez

One her many series, entitled “Pressing Matters“, depicts about the acceptance of modern women wanting to push the boundary of strengths and sensuality in society.

The subjects of the paintings is an unidentified woman clad with horizontal neck slim-fitting short dress.

Instead of having a wild partying environment, the subject is portrayed in a domestic ‘clean’ home, but positioning in an inviting manner with her upper body lying on the ironing board, high heels on the parquet floor.

On one hand securing the board and the other holding the electrical iron press, suggesting she is supposedly doing house chores as an idealistic task of woman at home.

Both elements, the environment and subject, have distinctively differ in attributes with almost complete oppositeness.

Interestingly, the subject has illustrated a personalities trying to discreetly compromise the boundary of the decent environment that contradict her feminine attire of a flirtatious classy-looking lady with sensually killer heels.

Ana Teresa Fernandez wants to send a message to viewers that contemporary woman in today’s reality often disillusion by images of virgin and whore don’t co-exist together in our culture.

This fact is limiting the liberal sense of feminine women trying to mentally wrestle with opposing elements, thus, gaining acceptance from outsiders as being a realist.

Of which, outsiders often regards them as ‘dirty’ or inappropriate, in terms of physical, the emotional, and the psychological.

Referring to the the typical women as symbolic subject against the decent environment in reality.

Below sharing some paintings artwork from one of her series, entitled “Pressing Matters”

Ana Teresa Fernandez 1

Ana Teresa Fernandez 2

Ana Teresa Fernandez 3

Ana Teresa Fernandez 4

Ana Teresa Fernandez 5

More of her works can be found in http://anateresafernandez.com
All Photos Courtesy of Ana Teresa Fernandez.

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Quick Notes

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10 quick notes about the figurative paintings of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by the mid-17th century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer.

  1. Girl With a Pearl Earring” is the most famous masterpiece paintings that remain mysterious to date.
  2. Also known as the “Mona Lisa of the North” or “the Dutch Mona Lisa”. Johannes Vermeer
  3. Today, the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.
  4. Unlike portrait paintings depicting figurative subject is often identified, “Girl With a Pearl Earring” has clueless detail about model’s name, her background and relation to the Dutch artist.
  5. Super lustrous lips painted mildly in flossy red, intimacy gaze more enchanting than Mona Lisa‘s smile, and her pairs of angelic eyes showing flattering figurative of chaste women.
  6. Glittering pearl earring showing centrally on one side of her face, is literally, the focal point of the paintings. It is slightly bigger than her eyeball, yet subtly painted without distraction.
  7. The mono-colored background, all black, creates a vast depth of contrast from the lighter side of her tilted head-face.
  8. It shows a distinctive outline from her supraorbital arch to the right cheekbone, and continue all the way to lower chin and jawbone, ending clearly to her neck.
  9. “Girl With a Pearl Earring”  is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier ~ Source: Wiki
  10. The last post which I have written about a young girl embracing the Baroque guitar, has not appeared to be as mysterious as one with the pearl earring.

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up

Young Girl Embracing the Baroque Guitar

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Many years back, I used to walk past this bookstore often. Sometimes, with an unhurried pace for window shopping, but not to buy any books to read.

And this particular portrait paintings on the cover page of a music book, is far more catchy than those models for feminine magazines. baroque guitar

Any random view by the glass window for all displayed, the portrait image will not slip out of my sight.

Quite possibly her flirtatious expression has enthralled my attention too.

A book written a thousand words to be read, but a picture can easily tell a thousand words even to an illiterate layman.

The portrait paintings has left an unforgettable impression. Almost get imprinted on my mind for over 25 years. Here is how the image of paintings looks.

First, the baroque guitar that caught my attention, because I was learning classical nylon-strings guitar at that time. Common interest, self-explanatory for the connection.

Next, comes the subject of a Dutch-looking young girl embracing the guitar gently. She look flawless with porcelain complexion, pair of lipped eyes, and a moderately distinctive aquiline nose.

Perfect beauty as though one might believes she never exist in reality.

The bothering question at that time was who painted the portrait, the artist’s style and techniques, and what’s the name of the paintings.

I seriously have no idea, back then.

Ignorance was not my excuse. Couldn’t afford to own bookshelf of Encyclopedia Britannica.

My knowledge for fine arts was limited and inexperience.

It was not an advertisement for selling beauty cream that work like miracles.

However, the image constantly appeared here and there over the years; in offline magazines, newspaper, and some art calendars.

Now with the boundless internet, it is making it more appealing to my interest for this portrait paintings.

The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer

The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermee
The Guitar Player, a portrait paintings by the Dutch painter, Jan Vermee

JohannesJan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He seems never to have been particularly wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings. ~ Source: Wikipedia

Joongwon Jeong, Korea, Hyperrealism as Traditional Art

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Interestingly, this Korean artist, Joongwon Jeong, seemingly dare to differ his hyperrealistic style from those exemplary work of most contemporary realist paintersJoongwon Jeong, Self-Portrait, hyperrealist painter

New generation of hyperrealist artists deviate from traditional art and generate new contemporary work. And Joongwon Jeong is among one of the many talented young artists of this gene.

However, with his audacious faith in visual art for portrait paintings, he adds on to challenge hyperrealism as a traditional art, while not compromising the aesthetic principle.

Joongwon Jeong mentioned in his blog entitled “The ‘Method’“, he reasoned for his traditional art as:

I’m an old-fashioned man!
I consider myself more of an old craftsman than an artist in modern-day concept.
For me, practicing and perfecting my craft is as important as creating a good piece of art

His last few words caught my interest to understand his artistic approach.

Adhering to the relation between process of skill-perfecting and appreciation of excellence to finished artwork.

Hyperrealist painters adopt the proven methods of transferring images by mean of projection illuminating on large canvas. Thus, achieving higher accuracy of portraiture proportionality for large-scale highly realistic portrait.

Joongwon Jeong defines his precise technique without any sort of reliance on mechanical projection. That is one technique he chooses not to follow conventionally.

To further put it more bluntly, no cheat code like canvas printing to assist his original painting work.

Joongwon Jeong advocates his traditional approach and strong beliefs with “practice makes perfect“.  Here’s another excerpts from his blog post:

but I’d rather train myself harder and harder to be a more skilled and versatile painter. … (towards) successfully turn your eyes into a projector and your hands a living painter. … Craftsmanship is what I’m after more than any other artist-traits.

Profound and compelling words from this young man, indeed.

Another typical trait for hyperrealism is the unmistakeably photographic style, with precise and versatile painting techniques to elaborate visual detail.

Usually, depicting exaggerated definitive spot not noticeably by our daily sights on objects or portraits.

Its like who cares about the irregular shapes and numbers small freckles on the surface of an ordinary egg.

Similarly, with his toss of words to improvise on his motivation quote from Aristotle, he said,

‘A pimple is repulsive, but the painting of a pimple can be beautiful.’

Hard work pays off. No short-cuts.

Truly, his recent artwork has visibly demonstrated to retain this aesthetic style.

In particularly, the portrait of great epic poet, Homer, 1991 knighted English actor, Sir Ian McKellen, and portrait paintings of his grandfather with an enchanting gentle smile of great wisdom.

So what else is more traditional than the above?

He did mentioned the used of grid system as the underlying basis for painting portrait with size over one meter tall.

I consider that as a conservative old classic method. And is also something I admire his outward openness to share this art ethic.

The influential photorealist painter, Chuck Close uses gird system.

And moreover, its the proven technique since the Renaissance period.

Grid system for portrait is definitely not cheating.

Probably regard as the most noble technique that identify him as ‘an old craftsman’ to those emerging artists still using mechanical projection.

No criticism intention to refer specifically that projection method is not good technique. There are also good method listed in many better choices.

Not sure if he would be doing series of female portrait paintings in the future.

Hopefully, something feminine and creative to generate new variant of hyperrealism art with the feels of alluring sensation.

Below sharing some of his excellent portrait paintings artwork. With the last photo featured as the latest of his self-portrait in charcoal.

Portrait Painting, Homer, Joongwon Jeong

Joongwon Jeong, Homer

Sir Ian McKellen, Joongwon Jeong

Sir Ian McKellen, Hyperrealism, Joongwon Jeong

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self portrait jw_jeong

View more of his portrait artwork and journal from his Joongwon Jeong’s portfolio website.

Medium using acrylic on canvas, charcoal and pastel on paper. Currently, he is doing Master Degree in Paintings, majoring in Fine Art in Hongik University.

Past Exhibitions
Solo – ‘FACES’ (2012, Seoul, Korea), Group – Hongik International Art Fair (2012, Seoul, Korea), Degree Show (2012, Seoul, Korea), Hongik Univ Group Exhibition (2012, Seoul, Korea), Beaux-Art 2011 (2011, Seoul, Korea), Korea-Japan Joint Exbn. (2011, Osaka, Japan), Hongik Univ Group Exhibition (2011,Seoul,Korea), ‘Rainbow’ Art for Environment (2008,Seoul,Korea)

Award
Beaux-Art 2011 Art Award – 1st Prize in Painting

All Photos Courtesy of Joongwon Jeong.