Looking at one of Damian Lechoszest‘s paintings is like taking a trip to a museum. His traditional approach to portraiture evokes the style of the Old Masters and gives each piece a timeless quality. When a painting is complete, he showcases the realism of his subjects by having the real-life models pose beside their likenesses. The resemblance is uncanny.
From a woman in a flowing white gown standing before an ocean shore to a lady illuminated by candlelight, these portraits possess a romantic atmosphere that can easily fit into many different time periods. Each of Lechoszest's models wears a distinct costume with a classic silhouette that adds to the nostalgic ambiance. As a result, these oil-rendered figures look like they belong to many eras at once.
Lechoszest keeps the compositions of his portraits simple—often opting for a blank background or minimalist interior—so that the focus remains on the subject. In this way, the viewer becomes absorbed in the expression of the figure. This feat is all the more impressive once you are able to compare the painted version to the real-life inspiration. Each model looks just like Lechoszest's interpretation.
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