Hyperrealistic Paintings Capture the Curious Beauty of Clumsily Wrapped Packages

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Wrapped and Stringed Area for Recognition in Green,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic art has a way of shining a light on the extraordinary beauty of everyday objects. And that's exactly what artist Yrjö Edelmann does in his depictions of packages wrapped in colorful paper. Each work celebrates the textured landscape of wrinkles and folds, sometimes tied with a single string and other times kept together with a few pieces of tape.

Born in 1941 in Finland, Edelmann received his formal education in art at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. His masterful pictorial skills led him into hyperrealistic paintings and dreamy trompe-l'oeil images. During this time, he developed an interest in clumsily wrapped packages. It was not only in what they show the viewer—the sheen and shadows of the paper, the string, the tape—but also in what they conceal. Since there is never any indication of the contents of the package (aside from the shape), it creates an atmosphere of curiosity.

Edelmann produces the hyperrealistic effect of his paintings using traditional oil painting techniques from the Renaissance. He carefully adds thin layers of paint to the canvas to enhance the luminosity of the different colors. The limited palette of these pieces lets the variation of hues, from the lightest shade to the darkest, lead the viewer's eyes across the undulating surface of the paper.

Scroll down to see more of Edelmann's hyperrealistic paintings, and visit Galleri GKM's website to learn more about Edelmann's creative practice.

Artist Yrjö Edelmann paints hyperrealistic depictions of packages wrapped in colorful paper.

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“All this is Vital Importance,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Stringed Box of Blackberry II,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Wrapped Night Parcel,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“The Timing Function,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Concentration of Light Red Substance,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Force Pressure and Energy of Brown in Perspective,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Green Field Theory,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Rapid Pressure and Control of Red,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

Hyperrealistic Paintings of Packages by Yrjö Edelmann

“Concentration of Blue Substance,” Yrjö Edelmann. © Copyright Galleri GKM

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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. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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