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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.

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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.

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

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Free nature of Christophe Drochon

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Christophe Drochon is a French-based artist, and he’s one of the most skilled painters in the hyperrealistic animal painting. He realizes incredibly detailed animal portraits, but, as he told us in the interview for the first issue of Hyperrealism Magazine, in his paintings, the animal and the scenery are often used as symbols to express his ideas and to illustrate emotional events about his personal life.

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Many of his paintings are focused on the eye of the animal, in this way he creates intimate portraits to capture the soul of the wild and free natural world. He’s very sensitive towards the environment and the protection of animal rights: the most part of his art is made not just to share the beauty of nature, but above all to shake our conscience about the pretension of humans to prevaricate on the animal rights.

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Here is an inside from Hyperrealism Magazine #1:

Hyperrealism was born in America in the ’70s but in Europe it has been spread later and still today is not always understood. How and when did you start to get interested in Hyperrealism?
I spent all my childhood painting as a figurative and realistic painter, in a traditional way, with round brushes most of the time, much closer to a form of impressionism. From 1985, I became a professional illustrator and I worked for advertising, publishers and cinema. At that time, the computer hadn’t arrived in advertising agencies yet. Many of the advertising creations, were made in paint, by using the airbrush. Advertising required so much quality in the execution of illustrations; the hyperrealistic images were handmade without high quality photos. It was necessary to be very precise. This period of 25 years was a form of “plastic turning point” for my creations.

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

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Christophe Drochon website 

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