Glassy Paintings by Jason de Graaf

When one sees Jason de Graaf‘s hyperrealistic paintings, one can’t believe that they are truly hand painted. The objects seem photographed with a high resolution camera. This was exactly the plan of the artist: ‘My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision.’ Nonetheless his goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what he sees one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs. ‘I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, to tell a story, or hint at something beyond what is actually painted.’ Therefore he chooses subjects that have meaning to him or are artifacts from his life. Further he chooses colours and composition intuitively with the intent of infusing his paintings with mood and mystery. ‘Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.’

All images © Jason de Graaf | Via: Illusion