“Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon a series of photographs video stills etc, The art created from the photo is used to create a softer and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living tangible object. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo.” Paul Cadden.
He only uses graphite and chalk. But I’m still not sure I get it. I get the Flemish painters in the middle ages. Van Eyck and others. What does a hyperrealist artist bring out that a photographer couldn’t? Especially since the original basis for the image is a photograph. Perhaps this is an ongoing debate. And the answer is the work itself.
I like Cadden’s work. But I feel that its being presented as an athletic accomplishment.