Pedro Campos Hyperreal Paintings Look Like Photographs

The hyper-real paintings of Spanish artist Pedro Campos shock the senses by giving mundane items a new lease of life. His subjects, often reflective in nature such as plastic-wrapped fruit, aluminum drink cans or glass marbles, possess an aura of glossy, sanctified perfection. There are elements of ‘Pop’ in Campos’ still life paintings – his jars of brightly colored jelly beans would appeal to Wayne Thiebaud, while his large scale depictions of Coca Cola and Campbell’s Soup cans bear a likeness to the iconic work of Andy Warhol. However Campos’ personal distinction, the ability to create works of extreme clarity using traditional realist techniques, links him to Old Masters Francisco de Zurbaran and Jan Van Eyck.

With his intricate skill, augmented by experience in art restoration, Campos is meditated deeply on the presence of things and endows each item he paints with a hint of the metaphysical. Restoration also taught Campos to strive for an ‘overall reality’ and to subdue his brushwork. Although his art relies on photography, Campos goes beyond the photographic to create a distinctive oil on canvas aesthetic that is his alone.

Pedro Campos hyperreal paintings look like photographs

Pedro Campos hyperreal paintings look like photographs

Pedro Campos hyperreal paintings look like photographs

Pedro Campos hyperreal paintings look like photographs

Pedro Campos hyperreal paintings look like photographs

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