American, 20th century, male.
Born 1932, in Evanston (Illinois).
Richard Estes studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, then in New York, where he lived from 1968.
It was around 1970 that Hyperrealism, in which Estes broadly participated, started to form the subject of exhibitions and gain public attention. Competing in terms of the accuracy of detail and in the abrupt description of reality, taken from earlier photographs, Hyperrealist works, and the canvases of Richard Estes in particular, started by seducing and surprising with their mastery of technique. Nevertheless, Estes’ canvases break free most of the time from reality as it is conceived through the subtle use of reflections. He mainly tackles subjects from urban life: the metro, streets, cars, shops, but all of them void of human presence. In the case of the frontages and shop displays, he pays great attention to reflections, such as reflections of the street in the glass window, which even shows the opposite window in which the painted window is reflected, closely combining the described reality and its image. The success achieved by this type of painting has caused questions to be asked as to the real motivations behind such painting. These questions were directly tackled at the ...