Photorealistic Water Paintings Perfectly Portray People Submerged in Swimming Pools

Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark

“Wet Hair 2”

Of the many subjects that an artist can paint, water is one of the most challenging. The liquid has a way of fracturing light and distorting anything submerged within it—especially people. This can make it hard to accurately depict anything in the water, but not for artist Johannes Wessmark. He's a master at painting people floating in the water. His series of photorealistic paintings showcase his subjects looking completely at ease in pools as the dappled light illuminates not only their bodies but also the pools themselves.

When viewing one of Wessmark’s pieces, you might think you’re looking at a photograph. His work is technically flawless. His paintings include all of the details that you don’t think about when looking at someone underwater or who has wet hair, but the addition of Wessmark's painted features is what makes each piece look so realistic. One of the best examples of this is in Wet Hair 2. Thanks to the highlighting, you get a sense of the weight of the hair pressed against the woman's head.

Wessmark has had a special interest in depicting water over his decades-long career as a creative. “It has been one of my favorite subject matters for many years,” he tells My Modern Met. “When I started painting women it came quite naturally to put them in water. I love both the beauty of the female form and the challenge of painting moving and reflecting water. This has become more or less my signum even if I have painted many other subject matters through my 30 years as a professional artist.”

If you’d like to own one of Wessmark’s paintings as a high-quality print, be sure to check out his Inprnt shop to see what’s available.

Artist Johannes Wessmark creates photorealistic paintings of people in pools.

Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark

“Wet Hair”

Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark

“Azur Blue”

Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark


Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark

“Wet Lace”

Water Paintings by Johannes Wessmark


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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Johannes Wessmark.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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