It's a plane, and believe it or not, it's a painting. You can have a glimpse into the 70s art movement known as photorealism by visiting the Kansas University Art Museum. Setting apart pigment from celluloid is something that you need to master.
Existing pictures serves as working mediums for the artists who engage themselves in photorealism. Here is where a photograph is copied by the artist, using paints and a blank canvass. Highlighting the masterpieces of 22 artists was an art show created by a leading aviation and aerospace attorney and his friend. Simple but spectacular is how the pieces can be described.
Like always, one of the artists came with a horse painting. Carrying a model plane, one of the two brothers in the painting stands near a horse carrying his sister on its back. Another one has continued his series of old toys by placing a bright colored floating plane in a bathtub, and yet another has parked his car conveniently near a helicopter. Using a small plane, another artist placed it on an aquarium floor.
Here, the artists make use of numerous styles of painting and this is why they are able to reproduce an almost exact copy of the photograph that they started with. There was an artist who applied a trick that was made popular by Renaissance artists and it was making use of grids as a way to enlarge their sketches for murals.
Someone even painted an air borne fighter jet up in the clouds. What most of the artists did was utilize clear, precise lines and color and this is how they ended up with amazing paintings. There was one artist who made a tinted painting of an air ship and he was actually into antique photographs.
With regard to this, why is painting a photograph popular? This is where there is an absence of a personal contribution coming from the artist. Making a few tweaks here and there is up to the artist's decision. In this case, to achieve a precision unlike any other, the artists should know how to use brushes and air guns well.
Not one of them is incapable of using such precise tools. The artists that are involved in such a show want to highlight precise and distinct images which are far cries from modern abstract works of art. Since the Whitney Museum in New York exhibited the works of 22 artists, photorealistic participants were able to fuse their ideas and beliefs.
Three cheers for photorealism. It takes a long time to paint these things so the price tags are hefty. Magnificent is the word that best describes the paintings. Every brush stroke was carefully applied.