My feelings about photo realism have wavered over the years, but in the end it's like most things, some of it is really good and a lot of it is not. These fall into the former category. Probably the most important thing when looking at hyper realist paintings is to ask, is the realism all that matters here? If it is, then it's usually pretty uninteresting. Why not just take a photo, or look at one? But de Graaf has made a study of light, reflectivity and smooth shiny surfaces, bringing his informed vision to an almost pop-art aesthetic. Which is why I especially enjoy the art history references in some of his work. This is fun stuff and the realism defintely packs a bit of the "Wow!" factor. Definitely click on these images for a larger view!
Check out his blog jasondegraaf.blogspot.com
Or look through his work at these gallery sites:
"Seven Chambers" 36" x24" acrylic on canvas
"Reflections of Modern Art" 36" x 24" acrylic on canvas
"Ocean View" 39" x 26" acrylic on canvas
"Obscura" 36" x 24" acrylic on canvas
I like how this small piece gives you a sense of the detail relative to the size of the canvas...
"Another Marble" 10" x 8" acrylic on canvas