Loeb Brings Hyperrealism To Another Level

Huffington Post

 

Damian Loeb is a hyperrealist artist with an attitude. His impressively accurate paintings capture everything from the outline of a woman's arm to the painstaking detail of a moving vehicle, leaving barely any trace of a paintbrush behind. Decadent palettes and noir-style subject matter merge to create gorgeous images that could easily be mistaken for photographs.

Better Ways
Better Ways

36x36in Oil on Linen

But Loeb's works are less a tribute to over-the-top realistic art, and more commentary on the obsession contemporary viewers might have with pristine imagery, using familiar art tropes like the female body. "Our memories are convenient lies we create, cribbing images from others' experiences," Loeb writes in his artist statement. "We discard the personal specifics which don't conform to the ideal conventional beauty created by art directors and cinematographers."

It's true that hyperrealism has become a powerful yet controversial art form, particularly in a new digital age where paintings can be shared across the internet. Some critics praise hyperrealistic artists for their painting acumen and attention to detail, while others condemn the genre for its lack of originality and inventiveness. Loeb's series, however, suggests that any discussion of hyperrealism should involve the onlookers -- those art admirers who continue to marvel at the perfect nature of hyperrealistic works.

"[My] images... 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 asserts.

Scroll through the images below, some contain nudity, and let us know your thoughts on the topic. If you're like us and can't get enough of Loeb's mind-blowing works, stay tuned for his upcoming show at Acquavella Galleries, set for March 2014.

The Lady Vanishes
The Lady Vanishes

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M
M

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Eminence Break
Eminence Break

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Strange
Strange

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Primary
Primary

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Whittier
Whittier

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

48x96in Oil on Linen

The Color of Money
The Color of Money

36x84in Oil on Linen

Say Hello To The Angels
Say Hello To The Angels

48x48in Oil on Linen

Repulsion
Repulsion

48x96in Oil on Linen

Atmosphere
Atmosphere

36x36in Oil on Linen

Marty
Marty

48x96in Oil on Linen



–Freed, James
July 30, 2013