You love paintings, you would love to paint but you have trained yourself as a photographer.
Can you merge your two artistic passions? I did….
I grew up admiring classic paintings, specially the Renaissance and the Dutch Golden
Age periods. There is one particular feature of these paintings that led me to believe
that I could reproduce them. Their level of detail is unparalleled in painting history,
they look like photographs. Some are so detailed that they can trick you into try
to scare away a fly.
A photographic camera could definitely replace the hard work of the brushes, paint,
the strokes,etc. I decided to try and I loved the results. This is how I came up
with the concept of “Photographic Painting”, which is the creation of Painting-like
images with photographic equipment and techniques.
I have focused on paintings and themes from the Dutch Golden Age which are my favorites:
Vermeer, Floral Bouquets, Onbijts, Pronks under “Ostentatious” and Vanitas. You can
read about these themes in my blog, a link is provided at the bottom of this page.
It has been hard, the objects used to create these painting-like images or “photopaintings”
are not readily available today. It has taken hard work, research, creativity and
manual work to obtain some and create others.
Some of these works are meant to replicate existing classic masterpieces, therefore
it has taken sometimes weeks or months before obtaining all the objects required.
My intention was to replicate first, then to innovate and create, which is line with
any learning experience.
This leads to my most current work which based on Vermeer ‘s. After a very intense
research on his works, personal life and life in XVII Century United Provinces,
I have entered a new phase where I am first to create the story, then the corresponding
image. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.