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Hyperrelism Show in Madrid

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

Have you ever had the opportunity to see a hyperrealistic painting up close? They're incredibly detailed and, in some cases due to focus and attention to detail, the paintings can come out being sharper and more detailed than the original source photograph. Madrid is hosting an exhibit of this art style and the work is awe inspiring.

An exhibition of 50 paintings by hyperrealist artists whose works depict shop windows, camper vans, street views and other everyday scenes in such painstaking detail that they resemble photographs opens Friday in Madrid.

The "Hyperrealism 1967-2012" show at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum explores the evolution of the style from its beginnings in the late 1960s in the United States to its most recent incarnations in Europe.

Hyperrealists base their works on photos and their paintings were initially dismissed as copying photography and lacking artistic merit. But the style has proven to be popular with the public.

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