Hyperrealistic Still Life Paintings Filled with Layers of Detail

At first glance, these beautiful still life images seem like photographs. In reality, they are actually hyperrealistic paintings by artist Jason de Graaf. The artist focuses on every extreme detail to create realistic depth in layers of crisp reflections. With a steady hand and a strong vision, he produces a new reality based on his own imagination. One reviewer states, “[De Graaf] stretches depth and skews perspective ever so slightly, infusing the painting with a spectre of mystery that pushes the viewer to search for an ever-escaping point of equilibrium.”

Each painting seems like a simple study of objects placed along a tabletop, but a closer investigation will reveal an elegant complexity within the everyday objects. De Graaf transforms average table settings, piles of marbles, and even children’s toys into stunning displays where streaks of sparkling light interact with objects and reflect off of surfaces.

Jason de Graaf’s website
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