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Behind the hyperrealism of Jacques Bodin

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Jacques Bodin is a French based painter who realizes truly exceptional hyperrealistic paintings. His superior technique allows him to excel in every subject he decides to represent, passing from portrait to still life and natural scenes with great mastery.
So, he creates some different series, but one of the most recognizable and interesting is “De Dos”, where he depicts mainly female subjects portrayed from behind, while observing a natural landscape on the blurry background.

J. Bodin Studio 3

In the first issue of Hyperrealism Magazine, Jacques told us something about his work, explaining the meaning behind these particular portraits:

One of your first series represents people portraited from
behind. What’s the meaning of this uncommon choose?
I started painting the “De Dos“ series twenty years ago.
I found some help in old masters. The reference was Caspar David Friedrich with its “Wanderer Above The Sea Of Mist”.
I worked on the theme of the human figure turning one’s back to the viewer. It was a conception of the portrait showing what is never detailed: the back and through it the interiority of the human being. The models contemplate a mysterious scene, admiring and probably experiencing a deep introspection.
The viewer and the model are the witnesses of the same scene. This situation invites to contemplation, not to confrontation.
I made about sixty paintings on this theme and frequently with more attention to what became an essential theme: the hair.
The hair becomes a kind of abstraction separating the subject from ordinary reality and endowing it with a life of its own. It becomes a world in itself, a microcosm. I focus on the essential, the spiritual oneness of the hair; there is, indeed, a connection between this magnified section of human physiognomy and the universe.

Jacques Bodin Fruits XXII

You can read the entire interview in the Hyperrealism Magazine #1:

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Mysterious atmospheres of Johan Abeling

Tempelbos-road II 2017 61x95cm oil on panel

Johan Abeling is a Dutch artist who creates suggestive landscapes characterized by the total desolation of the shown places and by the fog, a recurring leitmotif in his artworks.  He uses the Sfumato technique to increase the mysterious atmosphere in his paintings, this technique first applied by Leonardo Da Vinci, requires several layers of trasparent paint and softening tones.

“This method helps me create a fine haze that builds up an atmospheric perspective and adds mystery.”


Abeling’s paintings put the nature at the heart of everything. He almost totally excludes the human presence, leaving just some traces of its passage through elements, like abandoned houses and picket fences. These landscapes represent a sort of moment frozen in time, a surreal, peaceful but also discomforting scene, where the viewer could find his personal visions, meaning and feelings.

No bikes please 2003 75x100cm oil on panel

We had the pleasure to interview Johan Abeling in the first issue of Hyperrealism Magazine:

Most of your paintings represent natural landscapes without human presence.
We think that everyone, seeing them, could feel the silence and the sense of isolation transmitting. What is your relationship with nature?
Sometimes I am afraid that we have lost the sense of being part of nature, that we no longer have an eye for its beauty and healing power. In this hectic world where there’s almost no time for contemplation, I hope my paintings add to a sense of connection with the mysterious magnificence and restorative serenity of nature.

You can read the entire interview in the Hyperrealism Magazine #1:



Johan Abeling website