A few days ago, a friend stumbled on the lifelike works of a Nigerian hyperrealist artist on Twitter and was blown away. She would not stop talking about him. She was quite impressed when I told her the said artist wasn’t a fluke; that Nigeria currently has a veritable Hyperrealism movement.
Hyperrealism, also called Superrealism, is an art style that is focused on portraying images in an ultra-realistic manner. Characterized by painstaking details, precision and superb skill, it blurs the line between reality and art. Hyperrealism is founded on the principles of Photorealism, a style focused on the reproduction of photographs as closely as possible, thus depriving the work of personality, but the hyperrealist takes the technique further by developing ways of incorporating narrative, charm, emotion or other elements into his painting. The illusion created is that of a high resolution enhanced photograph with details that has more clarity than in nature.
Follow these links for two insightful articles on Nigeria’s hyperrealist artists, Insanity: An Exhibition of Hyperrealist Art and Inside Nigeria’s hyperrealist art scene or just enjoy these images of artworks that feel more real than reality.
Assured. Oil on canvas pic.twitter.com/zrehg1x9XK
— Olumide Oresegun (@Oluhyperclassi1) December 29, 2016
one of my earliest hyperrealistic works titled "where do i go from here?" oil on canvas, 2011 places me as one of Nigeria's hyperrealism forerunners. it centers around a critical decision i needed to make during my NYSC service year.
RT my collector might be out there. 🖒 pic.twitter.com/BEedcPPrfQ
— Isimi Taiwo (@IsimiTaiwo) April 28, 2018
— ayo filade (@ayodraws) June 24, 2017
— Ken Nwadiogbu (@kennwadiogbu) September 18, 2017
So here it is guys, the completed stage of my latest piece " Òla"
Drawn with Razorblade on wood #PyrographyArt
Can you tell me what the concept is all about? Bless👍
— AlexPeter_Idoko (@Alexpeter_idoko) December 9, 2017
— Nnadi Ikechukwu 🇳🇬 (@NnadiArts1) February 25, 2018
My painting transpose, painted in direct opposite of human color, we have to disappear for it to appear as human!! Look closely and share pic.twitter.com/xEkcjj831c
— Ayogu kingsley 🇳🇬 (@ayoguking) April 30, 2018
— Silas Onoja (@SilasOnoja) July 3, 2017
— Arinze Stanley (@Harinzeyart) March 26, 2017
Title: 'Lost Page'
The Third from my OLD TESTAMENT Series.
Graphite and Charcoal on Strathmore paper
Thanks ❤✌ pic.twitter.com/7bC2L1yXaq
— Chiamonwu_Joy_Art (@ChiamonwuJoyArt) May 5, 2018
— Adebayo Eniola James (@james_crowned) February 23, 2018
— ibimcookey (@cookey180) March 9, 2018
The eye is the key to the soul… I get motivation from everything around me. The more the country stifles me, the more I am determined to be a success. I am Raji Bamidele #WeAreNigerianCreatives #WeAreNigerianCreatives pic.twitter.com/hQXGdm5pMZ
— RAJI BAMIDELE (@RAJBAMIDELE_ART) May 12, 2018
— Promise Peter (@Promise266) April 5, 2018
— Adekunle (@kunle_paints) March 31, 2018
— Sheyi Alabi (@Sheyi_pencilz) May 3, 2018
My name is Samuel Olowomeye. I am a Nigerian. I work with pastels and charcoals. I document the chaos of modern life and promote African civilization. Instagram @samuelancestor pic.twitter.com/Nr4pOEdtAI
— Olowomeye Samuel Ade (@SamuelOlowomeye) February 26, 2018
2016 vs 2017.
— CHUKΛ (@artistchuka) February 2, 2018
Featured image credit: Olumide Oresegun @ http://www.olumideoresegunstudios.com/