To see one of Jason de Graaf’s paintings is to be tricked into believing they are real. His hyper-realistic worlds are painstaking illusions, created with his delicate brush strokes and resulting in the appearance of a high definition photograph. Much of his work revolves around reflection: from shiny metal orbs, to polished crystal skulls; each of his images is unbelievably real.
“My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, an illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface. I try to use objects as a vehicle to express myself, tell a story or least hint at something beyond what is actually painted. Therefore I try to choose objects that have meaning to me or are artifacts from my life.”
However real his images appear, many give the feeling that something is magically “off.” Perhaps it is the focus on his ubiquitous objects. Perhaps it’s that his scenes appear so perfect, that they have an edge of unreality. “Throughout, I try to remain open to new ideas as the painting unfolds.” You can learn more about Jason de Graaf and his work on his personal website.