Smokescreen: Incredible detail has been captured by the hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden, but his work leaves you wondering whether your eyes have been tricked
No, they”re not photographs! The astonishing pictures drawn by PENCILArtist”s drawings take between three and six weeks to create and sell for up to 5,000 each
The hyperrealist art is taken from a photograph but is produced in a non-photographic medium
These might look like photographs, but it”s not all black and white when it comes to the work of this artist.
Despite looking like they have been captured on a camera, these are actually hand-drawn images created by hyperrealist artist Paul Cadden.
The 47-year-old, from Scotland, is able to recreate photos in amazing detail, often just using only a pencil.
From the wrinkles on a woman’s face, apuff of smoke from a cigarette or dripping water – Cadden”s drawings look unbelievably realistic.
Hyperrealism was born from the idea of photorealism, which are paintings based on photographs but created ina non-photographic medium.
Taking an average of between three and six weeks to produce, Cadden creates about seven pieces each year – which usually come in A1 or A0 sizes – and sell at galleries for up to5,000 each.
A spokesman for London”s Plus One Gallery, which is featuring Cadden”s work in its current hyperrealism exhibition, said: “When you look at a picture of his work, they do look like photographs.
“But when you see it in a gallery up close, you can tell it”s a drawing. The detail is incredible.”
Cadden, from Glasgow, was last year shortlisted for Artist of the Year 2011 for his drawing, ‘Painted context’.
Shades of grey: Cadden was shortlisted as Artist of the Year 2011 and can usually produce about seven works per year which sell at galleries for up to 5,000 each
He said: “I’ve been drawing since I was six years old and have wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember.
“Hyperrealism tends to create an emotional, social and cultural impact and differs from photorealism which is far more technical.
“Myinspiration comes from the phrase “to intensify the normal”. I take everyday objects and scenes of people and then create a drawing which carries an emotional impact – it can be quite beautiful.
“Itry to study the internal aspect of the image rather than focusing solely on the external part. I can fall in love with an image – if that doesn’t sound too hippy.”
Not all black and white: From a distance Paul Cadden”s work looks like a picture. However, a gallery exhibiting his work said seeing the originals up close reveals the extent of the drawing detail
Art in action: Paul Cadden is seen working on one of his pieces. The artist specialises in hyperrealism – a form of detailed drawing that it so lifelike it could be mistaken for a photograph
He added: “I like to know the stories behind the faces of people I photograph – they could be a veteran war hero, you just don’t know.
“Whatmakes me different from other hyperrealist artists is that I predominantly work in pencil, while many others tend to use an airbrush.
“I have done one painting that measured 60 x 40 inches – but I’ll never do that again, it was a killer!
“Portraits are my favourite to do – I particularly like the one of a man with water running off his face, called ‘After’.”
Altered reality: Hyperrealism was born from the idea of photorealism, which are paintings based on photographs but created in a non-photographic medium
Hand-drawn: It takes the artist an average of three to six weeks to create each piece and they usually come in A1 or A0 size
Paul has several exhibitions scheduled in America this year and is also due to appear on the prime time Japanese TV show called Unbelievable, which focuses on extraordinary people and events.
He sadded: “I am also visiting Atlanta for a solo exhibition showcasing my portraits of model Naduah Rugley.
“She appeared on reality TV show ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and is apparently a huge fan of my works.
“As well I have been invited to the OK Harris Gallery in New York in November as they are interested in my unusual take on Scottish landscapes.
“This is the most attention I have received to date and I am excited about the potential to widen the range of my exposure.”
Some of Cadden”s work is being exhibited at the Plus One Gallery, which specialises in hyperrealism art. For more information, please visit: www.plusonegallery.com.