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Boston, MA Painting
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I'm a realism based painter from Boston and I am taking on a project that will consume me for the next 6 months.One very large painting

Boston, MA Painting
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Hi, I'm Alex.  I'm a painter trying to break into the field of hyperrealism.    For those of you that don't know, hyperrealism involves an acute rendering of a subject to almost the point of surrealism.  Light can be intensified, color made more vibrant, and focus can be played with to create an image that is more realistic than the photograph it is based on or perhaps even the moment it was taken.  Everytime I get the chance to visit the Met in New York, I marvel at Jules Bastien LePage's Joan of Arc,  a 110" x 100" masterwork of a young woman with an expressionistic background.  The skin on this woman is treated in such a different manner than everything else in its time.  I have longed to create the same type of invention in my work,  to paint the figure and the ground with such a tangible relationship that it seems sublime.

I intend to put my practice to use in a construction of a hyperrealistic 9 ft by 8 ft painting of my neice, Cloey, with a backdrop of my old camp in NH that I visited as a child.  The painting will be constructed and worked on both inside and outside of the studio, meaning that I will work from life as well as photo references and studies to make this painting so real that it becomes surreal.  This will not leave me time to devote myself to anything that isn't directed towards this singular goal.  That's where you come in.

Since this painting will incorporate portraiture, figure painting,  and plein air painting,  I need to practice all three.  The varying subject matters will become alot easier to mesh together if I suppliment my work with other paintings of this nature.

Your pledges will go towards buying archival canvas, wood stretchers, a staggering amount of oil paint, linseed oil, turpentine, varnish, and a constantly dwindling supply of brushes to allow me to complete this painting.

Hopefully I will be thrown some curveballs along the way that will stop and make me think and react to things that I might have overlooked otherwise.  Upon the completion of this project in December,  I will showcase this one painting alone, with nothing else,  and see how it exists within the context of a solo show.  This event will be held in Boston, MA and everyone involved in the project will be invited!

Ed with Blue Collar BiFocals 74" x 56"
Ed with Blue Collar BiFocals 74" x 56"
Markie Waldrip will Live Forever
Markie Waldrip will Live Forever
Cloey was Born During Finals Week
Cloey was Born During Finals Week

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