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Superman, Coke Can and Chips, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

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.

I'm melting, oil painting by Doug Bloodworth
I’m melting, oil painting by 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.”

Frozen Popcicle, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth
Frozen Popcicle, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

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.)

Pops melted, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth
Pops melted, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

“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.”

New York Times, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth
New York Times, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

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.” “

Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth
Monopoly, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

“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.”

Fantastic Four, oil painting, Doug Bloodworthy
Fantastic Four, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

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.”

www.photorealism.com

Peanut butter, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth
Peanut butter, oil painting, Doug Bloodworth

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the kind words. Please visit my paintings in person. They can be found at these galleries:
    Thomas Lee Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, Avenida Galleries in Calgary, Alberta, Atlas Galleries in Chicago (two locations), Galerie Zimmermann + Heitmann in Dortmund and Dusseldorf, Germany, C Parker Gallery in Greenwich,Connecticut Sher Gallery in Hallandale, Florida Art Center Gallery in Irvine, California, Art Gone Wild in Key West, Florida, Pop Gallery in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Artcetera in Las Vegas (Summmerlin), Gallery One in Mentor, Ohio, Effusion Gallery in Miami Beach, Florida, Music City Fine Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Russeck Gallery in Manhattan (Soho), 1200 Images in Omaha, Nebraska, Russeck Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida (Worth Ave), Chasen Galleries in Richmond, Virginia Stone Art in Santa Monica, California, Andrea Smith Gallery in Sedona, Arizona, Douglas Albert Gallery in State College, Pennsylvania, Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Florida, Hamilton-Selway Fine Art in West Hollywood, California, Around the Edge in West Palm Beach, Florida, Gallery 319 in Woodland Hills, California, and Foxx Galerie in Zurich, Switzerland.

    Also, my Three Stooges paintings are at http://www.threestoogespaintings.com and 1stdibs.com/dealers/photorealism and http://www.amazon.com/photorealism