Hyperrealistic Artworks Are an Intriguing Portal to Their Subjects Inner Worlds

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Mustafa Yuc

“Nook,” oil on canvas, 2020

At first glance, it's hard to distinguish Mustafa Yüce‘s art from reality. The Turkish artist creates hyperrealistic paintings and pastel drawings of enigmatic figures in carefully crafted environments.  Seemingly lost in their own thoughts, they are intended to reflect people's inner worlds.

“What I really want to emphasize is the narrative in my compositions,” Yüce explains to My Modern Met. “I embody the theme of reflecting reality, leaving the audience to question the reality of discrimination and acceptance.” Each piece is masterfully rendered to resemble three-dimensional places and people. Using his mediums of choice—oil paint on canvas and pastel on paper—he recreates the textures of hair, skin, cloth, and foliage. As a result, his art can be mistaken with a photograph.

Yüce's hyperrealistic style is paired with unexpected subject matter. Female figures inhabit varied environments indoors and outside, their expressions calm and lost in thought. In Nook, for instance, a woman naps inside the hole of a brick wall, her long dark hair cascading over the circular cement frame. Similarly, Birce features a female figure clad in an ornate black gown who stares directly at the viewer from her position on the carpeted floor. Although not quite a dream, these images capture relationships between people and nature, life and death, and inner and outer lives.

You can keep up with Yüce's latest art by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

Turkish artist Mustafa Yüce creates exquisite paintings and drawings with hyperrealistic details.

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Dead Flower,” pastel on paper, 2019

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Tilsim,” pastel on paper, 2022

He depicts enigmatic figures that appear to be caught in a trance.

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Birce,” pastel on paper, 2019

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Beyaz kelebek,” pastel on paper, 2022

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Mustafa Yuc

“White Death,” pastel on paper, 2022

Yüce tries to explore people's inner world through his realistic art.

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Quiet Time,” pastel on paper, 2019

Hyperrealistic Pastel Drawing by Mustafa Yuce

“Transformation,” pastel on paper, 2019

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Mustafa Yuc

“The World,” oil on canvas, 2016

Hyperrealistic Paintings by Mustafa Yuce

“The Moon,” oil on canvas, 2016

Watch these videos for insight into Yüce's meticulous process:


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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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