All 10 of these pictures hide a stunning secret

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Wednesday 03 May 2017 09:30
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Picture:(©Yigal Ozeri/ PICTURE: MANLIOBECCHETTI/INSTAGRAM SCREENGRAB)

Realism in painting, to the extent it passes for a photograph takes considerable skill.

We often treat photographs as evidence, as something which 'captures' a moment, while paintings will often convey the essence of a person's character.

Of course, photographers and painters alike would probably balk at these arbitrary distinctions.

Yet, the two mediums remain so distinct in the heads of even the most expert connoisseurs that when we see paintings that pass for photographs, our brain becomes confused.

These 10 works by artist Yigal Ozeri fall into that category of quasi-optical illusions that disorientate us.

That's oil on canvass. Not developer, stop-bath, and fixer.

Ozeri currently has a showcase at Opera Gallery, London until 18 May.

According to an interview in Oddity Central, Ozeri's technique involves taking photographs, developing them, and then creating his paintings using the photos as a reference point.

The brushstrokes on his work are imperceptible.

The models are nearly always in natural settings, which is reportedly due to the inspiration Ozeril takes from the pre-Raphaelites, who celebrated nature.

Ozeril described himself in a interview with Young Masters as a figurative artist, rather than purely a photo realist, but he believes his work falls within the genre of photo realism.

In 2015 this documentary about Ozeril entitled The Chameleon explored his process.

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