Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: A hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it. It is nevertheless the map that precedes the territory - precession of simulacra - that engenders the territory.
[Hyperreality is] the simulation of something which never existed.
Hyperrealism is both breathtaking, and boring. I want to see the artist's hand in the work of art. I want to see the essence and the spirit of the subject, and I want to see a celebration of the medium in the work of art.
Hyperrealism is more about objectifying... how an object can be portrayed when it is seen through a camera's lens... all my paintings are about an object being viewed through human eyes.
Caravaggio's hyper-realism, a magician's conjuring trick, I have come to regard as a perfect metaphor for great art, which declines to make obvious its deepest truths, leaving us to decipher them if we can.
Hyperrealism can create an atmosphere of Surrealism because nobody sees the world in such detail.
I have found my own style of painting, which is called “Metaphysical Hyper-realism”.
[Hyperrealism is] the authentic fake.
Compiled by Sydney Amoakoh