Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hyper-realism #2 - Simon Hennessey

As before from my 1st installment of Hyperrealism, seen here, my focus is to bring hyperrealism to my viewing audience. Hyperrealism is considered an advanced for of photorealism with methods used to resemble a high resolution photgraph. The term is primarily applied an independent art movement in United States and Europe that has developed primarily since early 2000s.

My second profile is on Simon Hennessey. Simon Hennessey is an amazing hyper realist painter from England. With the use of a camera as a visual source for painting he is able to create false illusions that are judged as our own reality.

From his autobiography, he explains it best:
"My paintings are perceived as a reflection of reality but in truth the artwork transcends into its own abstraction of reality. Through using the camera as a visual source for painting I am able to create false illusions that are judged as our own reality.

There are certain qualities produced by the camera that do not & cannot exist in our real world, they are only ever present in the digitized imagery of photography. The visual perceptions of a cameras lens generates a world of distortion in the basics of realism, such as the manipulation of focus, tonality, colour, depth and focal points, as a result presenting us with a false sense of reality: or a hyper reality.

The reduplication and the transformation of media such as a photographic language into a painted language, produces a meticulous calculation within the process of change. Through the mimetic representation of a photographic source I am able to produce paintings that are capable of deceiving the human eye.

My paintings content refers to identity, individuality, appearance and visual attitude. This is exposed through the process of physiognomy, the theory based upon the concept that the study and act of judging a persons outer appearance, primarily the face will give an insight into their personality or character. I add to the process of physiognomy through censorship and never giving the viewer the full content of the image. I regularly desaturate colour, crop, neutralize backgrounds or use a close focal point to present us with a distorted representation of an identity, therefore adding to this false sense of reality."



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