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These Photos of Beautiful Women Are Actually Amazingly-Realistic Oil Paintings

Each time we feature hyper-realistic paintings on OC, I think, “This is the best I’ve ever seen.” But then we get to see another artist’s work, and I’m amazed all over again. This time it’s the work of New York-based Israeli painter Yigal Ozeri. I’m still having a hard time believing that these paintings aren’t actually photographs of women.

Seriously, there’s no denying the fact that Ozeri’s taken hyperrealism to a whole new level. You can’t spot a single brushstroke in these photograph-inspired paintings, that’s how perfect his work is. He starts each piece by photographing beautiful women in nature-themed sceneries, while staying hidden at a safe distance from his models. Back at his studio, he alters the shots with Photoshop and prints them out. Using the prints as a reference, Ozeri then spends days recreating them with oil on canvas

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Ozeri has lived and painted in New York for the past 20 years. His inspiration comes from the Pre-Raphaelites – artists from 19th century England who celebrated nature. His paintings have been exhibited extensively in Israel, Europe, and the United States. His work is also a part of many prominent collections at Albertina Museum in Vienna, The Jewish Museum in New York, and Scheringa Museum of Realist Art in the Netherlands, among others.

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In 2009, he displayed a series called ‘Desire for Anima’ at New York’s Mike Weiss Gallery – it was a tribute to Carl Jung’s concept of the unconscious or true inner self of an individual. His models for the series were women at a transitional phase between youth and maturity, and he portrayed their vulnerability in an almost dreamlike manner.

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According to Ozeri, in a world of violence, romanticism and freedom are the answers. His paintings display just that – reminding us of the beautiful and the ideal as an effective antidote to everyday harshness.

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Photo: Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Photos: Yigal Ozeri

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