PHOTOREALISM By: Clayton Hanson

Photography coupled with the artists' canvas gave birth to the "Photorealism" art movement. Photorealism first started in the early 1960s and is still present today.

All of these pictures above are paintings. Hard to believe, but every one of these artists used photographs to create the images above. With the aid of photographs many of the artists apart of the movement: Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Richard Estes, and Denis Peterson were able to create realistic paintings because of the detail they were able to see in the photographs they used for reference.

Many of the artists associated with this movement seem to take great pride in creating realistic paintings. So much so that they seem to take great offense to being labeled a "tracer".

Chuck Close with one of his "Self-Portrait" paintings.

Chuck Close was born on July 5, 1940 and could be regarded as one of the leading artists of the photorealism movement. He originally worked with pastels, but works with many mediums such as: acrylic, photography, and oil paint.

"What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look." - Chuck Close

"Unfortunately it has been too easy for anybody to take a photograph, trace it, and make a lousy painting. Photorealism, in that sense, has been bastardized. I can sympathize with a lot of people who just reject it outright, because, like anything else, there is so much bad stuff around. I always thought of myself as a Realist painter." - Richard Estes

Richard Estes (Above)

Richard Estes was born on May 14, 1932. Estes could be regarded as one of the pioneers or"founding fathers" of this movement. He moved to New York where he gained inspiration and then traveled throughout Europe looking at many different cities the country had to offer.

One of Estes' paintings "Double Self-Portrait"

Richard Estes was influenced by the painter Salvador Dali who was a friend of his. Estes was also influenced by the Realism movement as well as the Modern Photography movement. Through his own work Estes has influenced artists such as: Denis Peterson and Malcom Morley. Estes also greatly influenced the Photorealism movement.

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