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Janet Bishop

American painter. Native of the San Francisco Bay Area, known for careful observation and explicit use of snapshot-like photographic source material for paintings of family, cars, and residential neighborhoods. The artist rose to national and international prominence in early 1970s as part of the Photorealist movement (...

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French, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 14 November 1946, in Paris.

Painter. Scenes with figures.

Bernard Cazaux has lived and worked in Bordeaux since 1978. His painting technique is hyperrealist, tempered with diverse background images and elements inject a touch of humour to his compositions. He has had solo exhibitions in Toulouse (...

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American painter and printmaker. He studied (1960–65) at the University of Washington, Seattle, at Yale University, and at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna. During this period he painted biomorphic abstract works, influenced by the avant-garde American art of the previous two decades. After a brief experiment with figurative constructions, he began copying black-and-white photographs of a female nude in colour on to canvas. After abandoning this approach he used a black-and-white palette, which resulted in the 6.7 m long ...

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Francis Summers

English sculptor and draughtsman. He studied painting at Hull and Manchester College of Art (1963–7), and then moved to London, where he studied at the Slade School of Art (1967–9). Davis’s early work, similar to some of the photorealist sculptors in America, such as Duane Hanson, involved casting figures and dressing them in clothes, for example ...

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American sculptor. He studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1961–5), and was an art assistant at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1966–8). He had his first one-man show at the OK Harris Gallery in New York in 1970. He rapidly developed a style of casting and then painting fibreglass or polyvinyl acetate sculptures of figures from live models. His techniques evolved to include refinements for achieving his hyper-realistic effects, including layering paint and glazes to depict a variety of skin surfaces and veins, creating individual characteristics such as moles and freckles, and implanting hair instead of adding wigs (...

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Australian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947.

Painter, performance artist. Figures.

Ivan Durrant produces provocative photo-realist paintings and sculptures of animals that force viewers to acknowledge the butchery involved in the production of meat. In his seminal 1975 work, he left the bloody carcass of a cow outside the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne....

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Mark W. Sullivan

American painter and printmaker. Eddy studied at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu (BFA, 1967, MFA, 1969) and came to prominence in the early 1970s as an exponent of Photorealism, producing airbrushed paintings based on photographs of automobiles (e.g. Untitled, 1971; Aachen, Neue Gal.), the displays in shop windows or still-lifes, as in ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, female.

Born 1951.

Painter.

Setsuko Minami was active at the time of the trend towards Hyperrealist painting. She took part in collective exhibitions in 1972 in Mexico and Buenos Aires and in 1974 at the exhibition of Japanese Art of Today in Montreal and Vancouver....

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Paraguayan, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1960, in Concepción.

Painter. Still-lifes, flowers. Screens.

Hernán Miranda was self-taught. His still-lifes are painted in a hyperrealist style and the stylised flowers on his screens are inspired by Japanese prints. Hernán Miranda teaches at the Escuela de Artes at the Catholic University of Chile and is head of the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in Valdivia at the Universidad Austral de Chile....

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Swiss, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Basel.

Draughtsman.

Alex Silber plays on the ambiguity between photography and hyperrealist drawing, setting up a narcissistic dialogue between the camera image and mirror image. In 1974 he took part in the exhibition Transformation, the Look of the Transvestite...