One Artist's Super-Realistic Creations

Mail Online

 

Looking at one of Damian Loeb's hyperrealist canvasses, it is easy to forget that you are standing before an oil painting rather than a photograph.

The richly painted artworks heavily inspired by cinematography and imagery exhibit remarkable attention to detail, with little to no evidence of brushstrokes.

The artist, however, pointed out that up close, it is evident that the works are indeed paintings.

'Ironically, my paintings don't photograph well,' he joked. 

From Here to Eternity (L.H.O.O.Q)
From Here to Eternity (L.H.O.O.Q)

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Flesh + Blood
Flesh + Blood

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Manhattan
Manhattan

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Being There
Being There

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Brief Encounter
Brief Encounter

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Loeb, a self-taught painter living in New York City, has recently mastered the art of photography, which has allowed him to take the hyperrealist genre to new heights.

Many of his works feature the female nude form, but he also has been painting sweeping vistas, urban landscapes and even space.

According to his artist statement, Mr Loeb's latest collection of works has been influenced in part by the noir genre of 1960s French cinema populated by femme fatales, fallen women in black stockings and high heels and seedy motels.

'The advent of the digital age and the immediacy and convenience of digital video and photography allows people to become an integral part of the feedback loop which actively shapes the content we are fed,' he wrote.

 

Darling
Darling

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Carnal Knowledge
Carnal Knowledge

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Mare Tranquillitatis
Mare Tranquillitatis

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Eminence Break
Eminence Break

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'The images for the new show are a reflection of an idealized world filtered through the demands of eyes expecting momentous personal experiences to be composed like a Hollywood blockbuster.'

Loeb indicated in his statement that his goal as a hyperrealist artist is to open a new chapter in a conversation between the viewer and the artist by creating what he calls 'personal film stills.'

Loeb's next show will feature landscapes. It is set to take place in March 2014 at Acquavella Galleries in NYC.


In an email to MailOnline Wednesday night, Mr Loeb explained that he has always been fascinated with photography and cinematography - and the perceived 'truth' that those art forms bring forth.

 

Parataxic Distortion
Parataxic Distortion

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Kalopsia
Kalopsia

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Before turning to hyperrealism, Loeb created collages made up of found photographs, and then painted his interpretation of these combinations. As part of his work process, the artist takes pictures with his camera, painstakingly sorts and edits them, and then retouches those images that may eventually turn into oil paintings.

'Learning, or making up, the different photographic techniques is half the fun,' he explained. 'The series I am working on now has meant that, amongst other skills, i have had to learn astrophotography, historic landscape composition, and how to shoot into the sun.'

M
M

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Atmosphere
Atmosphere
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Primary
Primary
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The Vanishing (Spoorloos)
The Vanishing (Spoorloos)

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Vega
Vega

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Loeb's artwork abounds with naked or scantily clad women, but in his email, the artist explained that his wife, Zoya, is the sole figure in all his nudes.

Unlike many artists, Mr Loeb explained that he never gives instructions or manually lights any of the subjects that he photographs, fearing that the process of setting up the mise-en-scene would spoil his eye.
'I would rather impose my views afterward in the creation of the paintings,' he wrote.

For Loeb, the process of shooting, tweaking and categorizing the photographs before turning them into paintings takes years, and he manages to complete only about 10-12 canvasses annually.

While Loeb has never received any kind of professional training, the artist explained that his desire to 'get it right' has been pushing him forward and providing a constant source of motivation.

 

The Shadow
The Shadow

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Tachypsychia
Tachypsychia

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Say Hello To The Angels
Say Hello To The Angels

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Welcome to Paradise v1.0
Welcome to Paradise v1.0

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As an artist working in the 'hyperrealism' or 'photorealism' genre, Loeb said that his intent is to address and comment on the omnipresent nature of photography and other visual arts, such as films.
'I read that prior to the advent of color TV most people dreamed in black and white,' he wrote. 'If our consumed media has so much influence that it dictates the framework of our dreams then it was definitely a ripe topic for creative discussion.

Pareidolia
Pareidolia

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Whittier
Whittier

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Blue Moon (Amagansett)
Blue Moon (Amagansett)

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Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs

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 This work, titled 'Straw Dogs' in homage to the classic 1971 thriller by Sam Peckinpah set in the English countryside, is based on photos shot in Richmond Park outside London



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August 01, 2013