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When we stumbled upon the work of Florida-based painter Matthew Cornell, we were really taken with his uncanny ability to paint water so realistically. But as we delved deeper into Cornell’s body of work, particularly his series entitled Pilgrimage, we realized there was much more to this talented artist. Sure, he has tremendous skill for painting in a realistic fashion, but there’s an emotional connection that one rarely captures in hyperrealism (some examples here and here and here). There’s something ethereal about Cornell’s work that transcends simply replicating a scene so well that it could be mistaken for a photograph. Perhaps it’s his own connection that comes shining through, but Cornell has a way of conveying real emotion with the notable absence of people. And we imagine this connection is even greater when viewing his extraordinary work in person. Don’t miss the trailer below to a solo exhibition last year.

Via matthewcornell.com

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Whatever you prefer to call it – hyper-realistic, super-realistic, photo-realistic – what’s real is the remarkable level of skill involved. We’re so taken with this type of art, we’ve featured it several times before (here and here and here and here). This time, it’s the work of Singapore-based artist Ivan Hoo. What makes his work unique is his canvas of choice… a simple board of wood. Hoo’s incredibly realistic pieces interact directly with the wood surface, creating the illusion of three-dimensionality. What’s even more impressive is that Hoo is self-taught. Armed with a few colored pencils, pastels and inks, Hoo transforms everyday objects into drawings with unbelievable results. His Starbucks cup is one of our favorites. Try not to drool too much.

Via Instagram and Tumblr

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[Nutella.Spill.] #wip. #pastel on wood.

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Super-realistic art has a way of making the impossible seem possible. It can be mind-bending and beautiful all at the same time. The work of French artist Daniel Firman embodies those very qualities. His series featuring balancing elephants is particularly intriguing. Firman consulted an actual taxidermist to achieve impactful authenticity. We imagine seeing one of these pieces in person would give one pause… just incredible.

More realistic artwork here and here and here.

Via danielfirman.com

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What the…!? The unbelievable work of UK designer/illustrator Chris LaBrooy (previously featured here) elicits confusion, amazement and delight all at the same time. LaBrooy’s tremendously realistic (yet highly unlikely) 3D creations are nothing short of spectacular. We are particularly taken with his automobile works, which appropriately feature the words “aerobics” and “elasticity” in their titles… words obviously not associated with rigid metal motor vehicles, but perfectly normal in this twisted alter universe. LaBrooy takes digital manipulation to a whole other level, bending and stretching familiar objects with such precision. We absolutely love what LaBrooy is doing, and look forward to his future work.

Via chrislabrooy.com

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In this age of computer-aided design and art, we have a certain appreciation for good old pencil to paper. And if some of our past posts are any indication (here and here and here), we are really taken with what is often referred to as “hyperrealism”. So when we stumbled across the work of self-taught Ukrainian artist Kseniia Rustamova, we just had to share. Though she’s not being commissioned for big budget ad campaigns or high-profile gallery shows (that we know of), Rustamova’s talents in this field seem limitless. The details in her highlights and shadows really define her work… her subjects really pop off the page, and almost appear photographic. Really impressive.

Via rustamova.daportfolio.com

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New York City based artist Karla Mialynne is wildly talented. Her photorealistic drawings capture more than is thought possible with relatively simple tools. In fact, Mialynne was often asked how she does what she does, so she began laying out the tools she uses with each piece she creates. And this makes for a pretty impressive Instagram feed. The level of detail she achieves is astounding! Though she declares herself “just an average girl doing average girl things”, her work is anything but average.

Via karlamialynne.com and Instagram

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Milwaukee-based artist Marc Sijan’s work is reminiscent of highly expressive Greek sculptors, but with a modern, ultra-realistic twist. Sijan achieves such authenticity through negative polyester resin casts of live models, then applies 25 coats of paint, plus varnish. In hi own words, Sijan says “”I am seeking to freeze motion rather than suggest life… The sculpture appears passive, but there is so much going on inside.” There really is so much going on inside this incredible work indeed.

Via marcsijan.com

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