Flashmag Digizine Edition Issue 110 October 2020 - Page 83



The term hyper-realism appeared in the early 1970s to describe a resurgence of particularly high-fidelity realism in sculpture and painting at that time.

It is also called super-realism, and in painting is synonymous with photorealism.

Leading painters in the western were Chuck Close, Robert Bechtle, Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings. In sculpture the outstanding practitioner was Duane Hanson, together with John de Andrea. More recently the work of Ron Mueck and some of that of Robert Gober could be seen as hyper-realist. The African scene lately has seen some stunning talents emerge in the era of social media.

Typically, within the realms of drawing, painting, and sculpture, hyperrealism is artwork that resembles a high-resolution photograph. The work is therefore quite stunning in its accuracy and can even border on creepy in its ability to blur the visual line between the living and the inanimate.

In Africa lately, Nigeria has been offering some of the finest hyperrealist artists like, Stanley Arintze. Drawing portraits already takes an incredible amount of patience and skill, but Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley has decided to make his task even tougher and stick only to simple monochrome pencils.

The drawings take Arinze around 100 hours to complete. And for those who still think that these are some sort of trick, Arinze shares the work-in-progress pics of his drawings in various stages, which also reveal some insights into how he achieves that realistic look.


Hyper realism has found a new breath in Africa

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Ron Mueck Working in on of his life like sculpture