It’s necessary to tell viewers that these hyperreal still life images are of oil paintings. Works that fit the fine art painting genre Photorealism, painted by artist Doug Bloodworth.
Bloodworth is accustomed to his works being mistaken as photographs, saying, “I love when people see my paintings at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and say to one another, “Nice photo”. Then Claudine Bandi, the owner, corrects them and tells them it is an oil painting.”
The artist exhibits his hyperreal paintings in top art galleries internationally, including the Hoypoloi Gallery (and its sister, Pop Gallery) located in the middle of Downtown Disney World in Orlando, Florida. “Over a half million people walk by the door every week,” says Bloodworth. “They are introducing my artwork to a myriad of collectors, and I am so grateful for it. Over Labor Day weekend, I painted live at the Pop Gallery and there was a line up around the corner to get postcards signed and remarques done. What a great scene it was.”
(Note: A remarque is a drawing or sketch done on the margin of a printed item, such as a souvenir postcard.)
“Recently, (rapper and song writer) Lil Wayne came into Effusion Gallery (in Miami Beach, Florida) and bought my New York Times painting,” said Doug Bloodworth. “I was so honored.”
The artist enjoys watching vistors to his exhibitions as they study his paintings– noting how they relate to his work.
“Their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a long time. I also enjoy evoking the feelings of nostalgia amongst the viewers. Recently at Zimmermann + Heitmann Gallery in Dusseldorf, I overheard a family looking at my Monopoly painting. One said, “I was always the dog”; another said, “I was the iron.” “
“At Atlas Galleries in Chicago, I heard a patron exclaim, “Wow! Look at the Kid Cowboy. I had exactly that book when I was a little boy. And the edges of the book were frayed just like it is in the painting.”
Bloodworth’s time is primarily spent in his studio near Gainesville, Florida, USA. “A photorealist painting in the size I create them – four feet by five feet – can take me over two months to complete,” he says. “But it is a labor of love.”