Photorealist Paintings of Comic Books, Coke Bottles and Candies

 

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Silver Surfer, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth’s first five fine-art oil paintings were shown (and sold out) at Art Basel in Miami in 2011.

Photorealist artist Doug Bloodworth enjoys overhearing visitors to his shows—in galleries from Zurich to Key West to South Beach to, yes, Disney World—say that they “love the photos.” When he tells them that they are actually looking at are oil paintings, “their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a very long time.”

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

New York Times, oil painting,Doug Bloodworth

Viewers are enthralled with Bloodworth’s depiction of such beloved and familiar touchstones of Americana as Keebler fudge stripe cookies, M&Ms candies, Coke bottles, Monopoly games, Batman comics, and The New York Times crossword—in mid-attempt—all blown up to giant 4-foot-by-5-foot size.

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wall Street journal, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

These hyper-real depictions of pop culture items that touch all of our lives is the major appeal of this artist’s work, according to David Muller, president and curator of Photorealism, a Boca Raton–based dealer in solely photorealistic art.

“It’s a combination of, number one, the actual technical skill involved in the works,” says Muller. “I’ve been in his studio and sat there for three hours watching him complete three square inches of a candy wrapper. Watching it appear from a white canvas is totally amazing. Then you have the addition of nostalgia. When one sees the actual works, it takes you back to another time.”

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

The Cars, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Other galleries that feature the photo realism paintings of Doug Bloodworth include the Russeck Gallery on Palm Beach Florida’s Worth Avenue and in Soho, New York City. He shows at the Miami Beach, Effusion Gallery, next door to the Versace Mansion.

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Wonder Woman, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Bloodworth feels honored to have celebrity collectors such as the American rapper and song writer Lil Wayne.

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Traditional photorealistic who’ve had an impacted on Doug Bloodworth include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole.

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

Doug Bloodworth refers to his work as photorealism, as opposed to pop art or hyperrealism.

Galleries that deal in the photorealistic genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery.

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Doug Bloodworth’s photorealistic oil paintings appear in a feature article in Xposy Multimedia Magazine–view the article here.

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Campaign to add more women artists to Wikipedia

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ArtAndFeminism or Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women artists on Wikipedia with annual group Edit-a-thons.

For the first Edit-a-thon, about 600 volunteers showed up at Wikipedia editing workshops held at the New York art center Eyebeam, and at 30 other venues around the world, where they worked to help adjust the imbalance of listings for men over women in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

If you have ever tried to create a new entry on Wikipedia, it’s not so easily done–each and every detail or fact mentioned must be referenced and verified and there are strict formatting rules as well.

According to Let My People Show, the Tumblr blog of arts journalist and art expert Robin Cembalest who is also former ARTnews editor-in-chief, this year, the Edit-a-Thon happened March 15 at the Museum of Modern Art and more than 70 other venues including the Walker Art Center and LACMA in the U.S.A, and other places in Toronto, Moscow, Lima, Sydney, and Brussels. They even created a Wikipedia listing for this event–read and view photos here.

At these latest Edit-a-thon gatherings, Art+Feminism volunteers put up around 100 new entries for women artists, including Australian modernists Ethel Spowers and Dorrit Black,  Catalan painter Josefa Texidor i Torres and contemporary artists Mary Miss, Xaviera Simmons, Audrey Flack, and Monika Bravo. Many other entries were enhanced and updated.

The organizers keep a running list of suggested articles to create or add upon—not only artists well-known and obscure, but also curators, movements, periodicals, and more.

They want your ideas, too, and you can add them here.