60+ Mind-Blowing (Hyper) Photo-Realistic Paintings

Watercolor is considered the most difficult painting media because of technique, control and time factors. But in the marketplace, usually watercolors are less expensive than oil paintings. Oil paintings have a higher prestige value and many of the old masters only painted in oil. What makes an old oil painting valuable? What is the main consideration?

60+ Mind-Blowing (Hyper) Photo-Realistic Paintings

Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil. Traditional oil painting techniques often begin with the artist sketching the subject onto the canvas with charcoal or thinned paint.

Main reason why oil paint is considered more valuable is the surface, watercolor is usually done on paper, not so valuable and easily bent/crumpled. oil is done on canvas, linen, panel, and surfaces that are usually long lasting and expensive and rather sometimes very large.

In this showcase, let’s take a look at the works of some of the world’s greatest photorealism masters like Roberto Bernardi, Pedro Campos, Tjalf Sparnaay, Erich Christensen, Steve Mills, and many more.

Indian Holy Man

Indian Holy Man
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Jim Lentall is the owner for the original photograph of this smudge painted version. The Original Photograph has won the best of the show in a contest sponsored by the digital photography review website.

I Love My Shoes

I Love My Shoes
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Jill Beale is a photographer, folk singer, song writer and artist who lives in Canada. Her Original photograph of this smudge painted image was one of the best of show in a photography challenge contest on the digital photography review site.

Almost There

Almost there
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‘Almost There’ was funded by the Arts Council and received corporate sponsorship from Audio Technica. it took a few attempts for application to be successful and something that I had to figure out how to do by trying.

Sculpture

Sculpture
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Hyper-Realistic Nude Paintings by Omar Ortiz. The human body is the main element of his paintings and minimalism is one of the strongest features in his compositions.

Peppers and Beans-Oil on Canvas

Peppers and Beans-Oil on Canvas
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Glennray Tutor is an American painter who is known for his photorealistic paintings. He is considered to be part of the Photorealism art movement. His paintings are immersed with bright colors, nostalgic items, metaphor, and with a complete focus on detail.

The Deal

The Deal
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Brooklyn-based artist Alex Roulette creates oil based paintings that look incredibly real. In his most recent series titled Fabricated Realism, all the landscapes and subjects that Alex paints are actually invented. They appear to be painted versions of existing photographs, but Roulette is creating events and places and people that never were.

Fried Eggs

Fried Eggs
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Dutch photo-realistic painter Tjalf Sparnaay creates delicious portraits of food that are so detailed and sumptuous you might catch yourself reaching out for a bite. Sparnaay is by his own admission strongly influenced by the Dutch masters Vermeer and Rembrandt.

Realistic Wall Drawings

Realistic Wall Drawings
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Passing by these amazing 3D paintings will make you almost believe that there are real people standing by the wall. The paintings are made in such a way that you would probably try to touch the girl that’s leaning on the wall or maybe the old lady that’s resting, because they seem so realistic.

Oriental Lady

Oriental Lady
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This is the digitally Painted Version of another terrific photograph by Rosita S.

Girls Of Iran

Girls Of Iran
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Iman Maleki is an Iranian realist painter. His fascination began with the painting when he was a child. He has done his graduation in Graphic Design in 1999. He has presented several paintings in exhibitions and got The William Bouguereau Award. Here we would like to share some of his paintings with you. Cheers!

Changing Us

Changing Us
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Robert Lange has spent five weeks in Nepal on a 150-mile hike through the Himalayas. Inspired by the idea of surrendering as an artist, he created
a series of paintings that portray people in possible but not plausible situations.

Fighter Pilot

Fighter Pilot
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Michael Peck’s artistic practice is concerned with the sensation of disorientation and dislocation that is often felt within the post modern world. The scenes in Michael’s paintings are quiet, the participants are paused as they stand withdrawn, juxtaposed against a dynamic population; they are overwhelmed by mass-culture.

Floating

Floating
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Ericzener work reflects our collective desire for transformation into something ideal. His exploration seek to create a sense of sanctuary, often using figure in water, sleep, journeys and nature as a metaphor for renewal and reprise.

Young man

Young man
Thanks to Eric Bergin of the Digital photography review website for allowing me to create a digital oil painting from his source photograph of this young man. – Pat Thompson – Painting Link

Praying Girl

Praying Girl
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Another Photorealistic painting done using the referral image photographed by Anita pepper.

Lilies on the Rocks

Lilies on the Rocks
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Will Faught College grad

Will Faught College grad
Thanks for Bill gracey for the permission to paint and display the painted version of his photograph of his Godson. – Pat Thompson – Painting Link

Emigrant

Emigrant
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Iman Maleki is an Iranian realist painter. His fascination began with the painting when he was a child. He has done his graduation in Graphic Design in 1999. He has presented several paintings in exhibitions and got the The William Bouguereau Award. Here we would like to share some of his paintings with you. Cheers!

Old Asian Man

Old Asian Man
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Whole Milk

Whole Milk
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Q Beach

Q Beach
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Brooklyn bridge

Brooklyn bridge
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Joe Simpson is a figurative painter currently living and working in London. His paintings have been shown both nationally and internationally, including prestigious venues such as Urbis, Manchester City Art Gallery, Cornerhouse and The House of Commons.

Royal Ground

Royal Ground
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From the forests of Northern Maine, where he was raised, to the streets of San Francisco, Steven Albert’s paintings have always been informed by patterns of clear, bright sunlight and shadows.

Vitamin Water

Vitamin Water
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Ketchup

Ketchup
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Ariana Debose

Ariana Debose
Thanks to Joseph gray who kindly granted permission to paint his photograph of Ariana. – Pat Thompson – Painting Link

Lee Lee Sobieski

Lee Lee Sobieski
Many thanks to David Shankbone for allowing me to paint and display the painted versions of these celebrity photographs. – Pat Thompson – Painting Link

Heavy Crowd

Heavy Crowd
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Scrabble

Scrabble
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Day dreamer

Day dreamer
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Wayne is a photographer and artist. His work ethic comes from 21 years of Service in the Canadian Military. No messing around and getting the job done. He uses Adobe Illustrator to create his drawings which also known as vector graphics.

Up for Discussion

Up for Discussion
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
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Wayne is a photographer and artist. His work ethic comes from 21 years of Service in the Canadian Military. No messing around and getting the job done. He uses Adobe Illustrator to create his drawings which also known as vector graphics.

Diet Coke

Diet Coke
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On a clear Day

On a clear Day
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Duffy Sheridan has been painting since he was a child. His father, also an artist, encouraged him to learn to paint anything and everything. Although he and his family spent many years in relative seclusion in the far corners of the world, Sheridan’s work has attracted the attention of collectors on five continents.

The Silver Bangle

The Silver Bangle
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Nigel was born in Newry Co. Down Ireland and grew up on the edge of Dundalk, a small market town in County Louth, just below the border and was educated at Dundalk Grammar School. After graduating from Riversdale College in Liverpool he joined the Transglobe Expedition, led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Head Study with,White Scarf

Head Study with,White Scarf
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Duffy Sheridan has been painting since he was a child. His father, also an artist, encouraged him to learn to paint anything and everything. Although he and his family spent many years in relative seclusion in the far corners of the world, Sheridan’s work has attracted the attention of collectors on five continents.

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man
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Isabel

Isabel
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Grateful to brian masson for allowing me to paint one of the girls in his chorus class. also much gratitude to dario acosta, An internationally acclaimed portrait photographer, for allowing me to paint and publish his photograph isabel_Pat thompson…

Summer

Summer
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“Sometimes I paint pictures that remind me of where I would like to be. I am a summertime boy and long to be on a warm island again” – Duffysheridan

Broken Wing

Broken Wing
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Boy Fishing in Rowboat

Boy Fishing in Rowboat
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This smudge painting is a composite of two photographs. The boy and the boat were separated images and combined them in Photoshop, and then painted in composite..

Send Off

Send Off
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Mystery Women

Mystery Women
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A working artist from the UK, my hopes are for Australia to provide a new cultural influence to my work and a maturity only developed through experience.

Draadjesvlees

Draadjesvlees
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Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk
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Here is the Digitally painted portrait versions of an original photograph. kiran metha of Leeds metropolitan university England..

En Francais

En Francais
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Albert’s work is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York and has been exhibited in various museums and venues around America. From the forests of Northern Maine, where he was raised, to the streets of San Francisco, Steven Albert’s paintings have always been informed by patterns of clear, bright sunlight and shadows.

2 Wish

2 Wish
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The Miserable Rich

The Miserable Rich
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‘Almost There’ was funded by the Arts Council and received corporate sponsorship from Audio Technica. it took a few attempts for application to be successful and something that I had to figure out how to do by trying.

Easy Money

Easy Money
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In Thought

In Thought
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Super-realistic vector illustrations that should break that misconception if you still hold it. While it takes considerable work, it is possible to create complicated images that, to the untrained eye, are indistinguishable from life.

Leaning Right

Leaning Right
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Colori e Sentieri

Colori e Sentieri
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Street Boating

Street Boating
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Art work by Linnea Strid

Art work by Linnea Strid
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Outside or Inside

Outside or Inside
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Shooter

Shooter
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Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest
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Duffy Sheridan has been painting since he was a child. His father, also an artist, encouraged him to learn to paint anything and everything. Although he and his family spent many years in relative seclusion in the far corners of the world, Sheridan’s work has attracted the attention of collectors on five continents.

Playing with danger

Playing with danger
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Brooklyn-based artist Alex Roulette creates oil based paintings that look incredibly real. In his most recent series titled Fabricated Realism, all the landscapes and subjects that Alex paints are actually invented. They appear to be painted versions of existing photographs, but Roulette is creating events and places and people that never were.

Key Lime

Key Lime
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Dutch photo-realistic painter Tjalf Sparnaay makes tasty paintings portrait of eatable things that are so cleared and spectacular you might hold by hand getting out for a bite. Here you can see 20 best realistic food paintings so I should say please control your mouth water…

Bite me

Bite me
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Oil on plywood. Commission.

Girl Painting

Girl Painting
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This is a great pieces of art made by Odwin Rensen. His work is really amazing and realistic.

Hamburger friet

Hamburger friet
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These are some examples of the photorealistic paintings of the artist which look natural like a photograph. The evolution of technology has brought forth photorealistic paintings that exceed what was thought possible with paintings. These newer paintings by the photo-realists are sometimes referred to as Hyperrealism.

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31 Comments

  1. WOW! Are these for real? There is so much talent around the world. Keep up with good posting. Hats off for this list.

  2. Skillful work, but there is nothing creative about taking a photograph and then re-painting it.

    • Nope, not creative but definitely skillful as you said.

    • My name is Pat Thompson. I smudge painted many of the photographs contained on this page. To be honest, I don’t consider myself to be a creative person or an artist. I simply used the smudge tool in Photoshop to overpaint the photograph,so that in some cases,at least, the image looks like it was painted rather than photographed. I did process most of the images in Photoshop in order to achieve a more vibrant and/or sharpened look. Just,for the record,though, I think it is important for me to say that it is the photographers who provided great images that deserve a ton of gratitude. And I would never ever classify myself as an artist or suggest that what I do is Art. Anybody who owns a photo editing program and who was willing to take the time to practice using the tools in their program could do the same thing and probably do it better.

  3. Awesome collection.Great Photo-Realistic Paintings.I really enjoy these photo show.Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh, awesome…

  5. This is a great pieces of art made by Odwin Rensen. His work is really amazing and realistic.

  6. Amazing! Really very creative work.

    • Bo, it’s not creative work. It’s painting from a photograph. Taking the actual photograph is the creative part.

      • My name is Pat Thompson. I smudge painted many of the photographs contained on this page. To be honest, I don’t consider myself to be a creative person or an artist. I simply used the smudge tool in Photoshop to overpaint the photograph,so that in some cases,at least, the image looks like it was painted rather than photographed. I did process most of the images in Photoshop in order to achieve a more vibrant and/or sharpened look. Just,for the record,though, I think it is important for me to say that it is the photographers who provided great images that deserve a ton of gratitude. And I would never ever classify myself as an artist or suggest that what I do is Art. Anybody who owns a photo editing program and who was willing to take the time to practice using the tools in their program could do the same thing and probably do it better.

  7. Incredible! I think I’ve spent the past hour on this page!

  8. Those are paintings? Unbelievable! After a closer look I can distinguish some of them as paintings but rest of them look like photographs. That was amazing! I like The Silver Bangle the most.
    I completely oppose Tim’s view as I have found creativity in many of them.
    Thanks.

  9. I cannot beleive it…

  10. Wonderful Photo realistic paintings..!

  11. Sir Ji what a really mind blowing paintings. now its my wish that one my painting made by you .
    but this is not possible :(
    i become mad of these paintings ..
    now i see daily these pics………
    Hats of to you Really !!!

  12. Im speechless! kudos to those colour magicians!

  13. My name is Pat Thompson. I smudge painted many of the photographs contained on this page. To be honest, I don’t consider myself to be a creative person or an artist. I simply used the smudge tool in Photoshop to overpaint the photograph,so that in some cases,at least, the image looks like it was painted rather than photographed. I did process most of the images in Photoshop in order to achieve a more vibrant and/or sharpened look. Just,for the record,though, I think it is important for me to say that it is the photographers who provided great images that deserve a ton of gratitude. And I would never ever classify myself as an artist or suggest that what I do is Art. Anybody who owns a photo editing program and who was willing to take the time to practice using the tools in their program could do the same thing and probably do it better.

    • My name is Pat Thompson. I smudge painted many of the photographs contained on this page. To be honest, I don’t consider myself to be a creative person or an artist. I simply used the smudge tool in Photoshop to overpaint the photograph,so that in some cases,at least, the image looks like it was painted rather than photographed. I did process most of the images in Photoshop in order to achieve a more vibrant and/or sharpened look. Just,for the record,though, I think it is important for me to say that it is the photographers who provided great images that deserve a ton of gratitude. And I would never ever classify myself as an artist or suggest that what I do is Art. Anybody who owns a photo editing program and who was willing to take the time to practice using the tools in their program could do the same thing and probably do it better.

  14. wow these pictures are unbelieveable i like very much i want to kiss your beautiful hands God bless u

  15. how hard it is to print a photo on canvas and just paint the same colors on it? people like this are destroing meaning of art..

    • My name is Pat Thompson. I smudge painted many of the photographs contained on this page. To be honest, I don’t consider myself to be a creative person or an artist. I simply used the smudge tool in Photoshop to overpaint the photograph,so that in some cases,at least, the image looks like it was painted rather than photographed. I did process most of the images in Photoshop in order to achieve a more vibrant and/or sharpened look. Just,for the record,though, I think it is important for me to say that it is the photographers who provided great images that deserve a ton of gratitude. And I would never ever classify myself as an artist or suggest that what I do is Art. Anybody who owns a photo editing program and who was willing to take the time to practice using the tools in their program could do the same thing and probably do it better.

  16. Awesome work! That is what I woul like to accomplish! Talent is amazing! Thank you for the beauty!

  17. Thanks,Angie B.

  18. these pictures is so bautiful. GOD bless you.

  19. Great paintings..

  20. Thank-you Jorge.

  21. Thank-you Umesh S.

  22. These are great. If you enjoyed these paintings – do have a look at my list of photorealist and hyperrealist artists on my blog: http://www.designmobius.blogspot.com ;-)

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