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Destroyed Car Painting by John Salt

John Salt

Destroyed Pontiac


Watercolor on paper

Sheet: 21″ x 27″ (53.3 x 68.6 cm)

Image: 12-3/4″ x 19″ (32.4 x 48.3 cm)243.8 cm)

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Luigi Benedicenti Photorealist Painting of Pastries

Luigi Benedicenti

Meringhe II


Oil on panel

39-5/16″ x 52-5/16″ (99.9 x 132.9 cm)

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Bertrand Meniel Oil Painting of San Francisco Broadway Street

Bertrand Meniel



Acrylic on canvas

37-1/8″ x 50-1/4″ (94.3 x 127.6 cm)

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Robert Cottingham Blue Orange Painting Empire Cincinnati

Robert Cottingham

Empire (Cincinnati)


Oil on canvas

67″ x 41-1/2″ (170.2 x 105.4 cm)

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Ron Kleemann Macy's Day Parade Watercolor Painting

Ron Kleemann

Study for ‘Pecker-Heads’


Watercolor and colored markers on Arches watercolor paper

Sheet: 12-13/16″ x 9″ (31 x 22.9 cm)

Image: 8-1/2″ x 6″ (21.6 x 15.2 cm)

Framed: 17-3/4″ x 15-1/8″ (45.1 x 38.4 cm)

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The term Photorealism was coined in 1969 by Louis K. Meisel. Photorealism focuses on the meticulous reproduction of photographic imagery in paint and developed as a reaction against the abstraction prevalent in modernist movements. Practitioners of the style often select contemporary scenes with articulations of light playing across diverse surfaces such as urban and suburban landscapes, the polished surfaces of automobiles, and the reflective interiors and exteriors of diners in order to demonstrate a highly refined technical ability. Although some European artists entered the Photorealist scene, it was largely recognized as an American movement with artists like Richard Estes and Charles Bell at the epicenter of the movement on the East Coast and Photorealists including Robert Bechtle and Ralph Goings active on the West Coast.

While individual styles vary, the photorealist process begins with a photograph, either “found” in print or intentionally produced as a study, which provides an information-dense record that is reproduced by hand through rigorous processes unique to each artist’s working method. The result can often appear to be a detached, objective image presented without comment in which the artist’s hand has been erased. Yet, each step of the process, from selecting a photograph to the execution of the highly polished canvas, represents the personal style and intention of the artist. Although originally derided for its comprehensibility, Photorealism can trace its emphasis on material reality to earlier American painters including Charles Sheeler and further to the technical acumen of seventeenth-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer.


Photorealism: The Everyday Illuminated


The New York Times – ” ’70s Photorealism: Revived and Still Relevant”


Randy Dudley Charcoal Drawing of Luxor Las Vegas

Randy Dudley

Desert Tramline


Graphite on paper

Sheet: 19-9/16″ x 25″ (49.7 x 63.5 cm)

Image: 15-3/8″ x 20-3/4″ (39.1 x 52.7 cm)

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Ralph Goings Watercolor Painting Diner Booth

Ralph Goings

Booth Group


Watercolor on paper

Sheet: 14-13/16″ x 22-3/4″ (37.6 x 57.8 cm)

Image: 10″ x 14-1/2″ (25.4 x 36.8 cm)

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John Baeder Watercolor Painting of Diner on Rainy Day

John Baeder

Jim’s Diner


Watercolor on paper

Sheet: 22-1/2″ x 30″ (57.2 x 76.2 cm)

Image: 19-1/4″ x 27-1/2″ (48.9 x 69.9 cm)

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David Parrish Artist Painting of Carnival Ride

David Parrish



Oil on canvas

40″ x 42″ (101.6 x 106.7 cm)

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Ben Schonzeit Photorealist Painting of Persimmons

Ben Schonzeit



Acrylic on polyester canvas

72″ x 78″ (182.9 x 198.1 cm)

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Rod Penner Painting of House in Winter with Snow

Rod Penner

House with Yellow Toy


Acrylic on canvas

10″ x 15″ (25.4 x 38.1 cm)

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Photorealist Sculpture of Crushed Coca Coca Cup

Tom Pfannerstill

Coca-Cola Cup


Acrylic on wood

7-7/8″ x 5-5/16″ (20 x 13.5 cm)

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