Posts in Category: realism

Carl Dobsky’s Realistic Narratives Contain Flashes of Magic

Figurative painter Carl Dobsky creates oil paintings that acknowledge both the history of the form and the contemporary. The narrative work, in particular, reveals just flashes of magic hidden in his dramatic, realistic scenes. The butterflies in "Ship of Fools" is one example of this, as the periled occupants of a small vessel attempt to survive. The enormous piece took a year to complete.

Towering Charcoal Portraits of Women by Clio Newton

Swiss artist Clio Newton has been hard at work on a series of larger-than-life portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. The towering drawings can reach nearly 8 feet tall and capture near photographic detail of her subject’s faces, hair, and bodies. Several of the new portraits will be on view in an upcoming show at Benjamin Eck Galerie in Munich titled ‘Realism‘ that opens September 14, 2017. You can read an interview with Newton on Quiet Lunch and see more of her recent work and studio photos on Instagram. (via Supersonic Electronic, Gaks Designs)

The Nostalgic Oil Paintings of Till Rabus

Swiss artist Till Rabus crafts realistic oil paintings that exhibit both a whimsical and darker side to nostalgia. His version of a “Transformer” may consist of household objects, and his combined Disney dolls hint at the toll time takes on the icons of youth. The artist’s striking style may make viewers mistake the works for manipulated photographs, at first glance.

Paul White Explores Decay and the Everyday in Colored Pencil

Paul White focuses on a single medium in creating his hyper-detailed works: colored pencil on paper. In particular, the artist is focused on the concepts of decay and objects becoming obsolete. In terms of source material, much of his work is derived from photographs taken of desertscapes and other scenes across the West Coast.

Alonsa Guevara’s Lush Oil Paintings Offer Imaginary Rites

Chilean artist Alonsa Guevara’s upcoming solo exhibition at Anna Zorina Gallery in New York City, titled Ceremonies, honors life’s varying stages with renderings of “imaginary rites.” Humans, harvests, and lands are among those celebrated in the exhibition, as a collection of oil paintings on canvas. The show runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 1.

New Paintings of Birds Set Against Colorful Glitches by Frank Gonzales


“Cactus Wren and Nopalito” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″, all images via Frank Gonzales

Set behind abstract drips and multi-colored streaks are the realistic works of Frank Gonzales (previously), bright acrylic paintings that capture birds in moments of rest on top of tree branches, flowers, or prickly cacti. The additional marks bring colors that are often not found in nature, pairing them with birds that have subdued feathers shades like owls or larks.

Gonzales sources his visual information from reference books and images he finds on the internet, pulling them together to create compositions that might never occur in nature. “One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there,” says Gonzales on his website. “I find this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. My various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in visual stillness and movement.”

You can see more of Gonzales’ mixed flora and fauna paintings, as well as take a look into work in progress, on his Instagram.


“Azure-Winged Magpie & Totem” (2016), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″


“Speciman” (2015), acrylic on panel, 20″ x 24″


“Double Horned Larks” (2016), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″


“Sacred Source” (2015), acrylic on panel, 8″ x 8″


“Magpies and Mother in Law’s” (2015), acrylic on panel, 16″ x 20″


“Buff Bellied Hummingbird and Hellebore” (2015), acrylic on panel, 12″ x 12″


“Mirando al Futuro” (2015), acrylic on panel, 36″ x 36″

Armando Veve’s Bold, Meticulously Rendered Drawings

Armando Veve, a Philadelphia-based artist, creates drawings of surreal scenes and constructions, though each element is rendered in realism. His eye for detail works on granular level, with Veve’s slow and meticulous process producing countless dots and lines for one cohesive image. The style recalls both pointillism and vintage illustrations in reference books. And its striking results have garnered commissions from high-profile publications. Veve was last featured on Hi-Fructose here.

Revisiting Bedroom Views by Karen Ann Myers

Based in Charleston, South Carolina, painter Karen Ann Myers uses the bedroom as the backdrop to each of her works, both idealizing the space and offering vulnerability and strength with each subject. Specifically, the bed used as reference in each piece belongs to Myers, while the rooms are retrofitted with new styles, adored objects, and context. The result is a singular personality, with her own elegance and character.