What is Hyperrealism?

Hyperrealism is the young art form of creating illusions by enhancing reality. Artists of this genre take their works beyond purely photographic quality by placing added focus on visual, social, and cultural details of everyday life. They play with colour intensity, lighting, contrast, and sharpness to shape a more vivid depiction of what we can see with the naked eye. This is what separates Hyperrealism from its more naturalistic predecessor, Photorealism.

Hyperrealist artists typically choose from drawing, painting and sculpture in their efforts to bring an added dimension of reality to life. Thanks to increased use of technology in the visual arts, they may also use digital illustration techniques or alteration of images transferred onto canvases or molds in their work.

Overall, hyperrealism provides an extremely effective means of exploring how we as people interact with ourselves, with each other, and with ordinary objects from our everyday lives. For this reason, artists have the freedom to use hyperrealism in depicting humans through an array of lenses ranging from the social and political to the psychological, internal or the aesthetic, external workings of the mind and body.  

Text by Sydney Amoakoh