“Splash” around in the hyperrealism pool at Plus One Gallery London
Plus One Gallery’s summer show Splash serves as inspiration for a breathtaking and stimulating collection of hyperrealist artworks. Symbols of glamour, summertime happiness and melancholy, swimming pools and the shimmering cool water are present throughout the series, though with differing means of representation.
We look at four of the pieces on show until 22nd August 2015, which exemplify this majestic exhibition.
White Hot by Toby Boothman
White Hot by Toby Boothman is a continuation of the artist’s famed body of work, centered around human figures, glowing translucency and intensity. The powerful and intense depiction of sunlight is accomplished through a subtle white balance exposure manipulation, allowing for the light to penetrate through.
Blue Roll Beach by Matt Story
Inspired by human gestures and shapes, Matt Story’s oil paintings capture certain moments in time in a dreamlike state. The artist’s Blue Roll Beach piece holds powerful meaning, with water being representative of a self-reflection or cleansing of the soul.
Woman in a Boat by Gustavo Fernandes
Gustavo Fernandes is more adventurous than his counterparts, with stronger and vibrant colour palettes in his artwork. The striking Woman in a Boat showcases the painter’s rigorous technique and strong traces, representing the intense sunlight and the different variations of shadows.
Spot the Dog II by Matt Francis
As a storyteller, Mike Francis takes on a more imaginary approach to his hyperrealist art pieces. Mixing urban with more natural scenery as the backdrop for his characters, the artist creates a narrative that viewers are invited to interpret and add to. Francis’ past work as a commercial illustrator is noticeable in his hyperrealist oeuvre. Spot the Dog II, similar to 50s postcards, is a fine example of the combination of the two art forms by Francis.
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