I used to paint realistically

A celebration of seeing or the elimination of the self

Why I don't paint realistically anymore.

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A celebration of seeing or the elimination of the self

I know what you are thinking, this can't possibly be one of my paintings. Where is all the impasto, the heavy texture and mark making, the lively handling of paint that characterizes my usual style? Well, this was my style a couple of decades ago.


100 x 70 cm MDF board, realistic golden retriever dog painting by professional artist peter corr
'Tia Corr' Portrait Painting 100 x 70 cm MDF Board (Close-up)

Yesterday, whilst clearing a working space in my garage I came across a large MDF board, sandwiched between a couple of old doors and dismantled bunk beds. It was covered in layers of dust and cobwebs and I thought I might be able to use it as a makeshift worktop. As I turned it round I discovered this acrylic painting in pristine condition; a highly detailed painting of our family pet, a beautiful golden retriever called Tia. I remembered the painting, it took many hours to complete, but I had absolutely no idea what happened to it and I hadn't thought about it for many years...and here it was!


100 x 70 cm MDF board, realistic golden retriever dog painting by professional artist peter corr leaves leaf gutersloh germany
'Tia Corr' Portrait Painting 100 x 70 cm MDF Panel (Close-up)

You will be accustomed to me saying I don't use photography in my work, but here, photography plays a defining role. How else could I create this level of detail without the aid of photography. There is something quite perverse about copying a small 5 x 3 cm photograph and reproducing it on a significantly larger scale in paint. This MDF board measures 100 x 70 cm. But it isn't an accurate transcription or perfect photo realist rendition; I didn't project or 'grid-up' the photograph, I simply copied freehand, hence the inevitable accumulation of errors in the final piece. Tia probably had a more refined profile than the one depicted, the leaves are a distorted approximation, not precision replicas. The trees have a slight 'Alice in Wonderland' appearance, one or two steps adrift from reality.


100 x 70 cm MDF board, realistic golden retriever dog painting by professional artist peter corr Gutersloh German park stadt
'Tia Corr' Portrait Painting 100 x 70 cm MDF Board (Close-up of Gutersloh Stadt Park)

Why I don't paint realistically anymore..

When I was teaching I used to say to students, many of whom were desperate to draw and paint with photographic precision, 'why would you want to do that'? The more adept and skilful you become in copying a photograph, striving to disguise the method of production, the more detached and invisible you become as an artist. Achievement of your goal ultimately eliminates the individual, the self; as your skill level rises, you become a mechanical device for copying, a slave to the photographic image. What kind of ambition is that? I think one or two of my students could see the point I was making, but nearly all of them still revered the skills of the copyist.


100 x 70 cm Tia Corr  pet portrait dog MDF board, realistic golden retriever dog painting by professional artist peter corr
'Tia Corr' Portrait Painting 100 x 70 cm on MDF Board

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Upcoming Exhibitions and Art Fairs

This year, I will exhibit my abstract landscape artwork inspired by the Fenlands in Britain at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and Ascot. I will be exhibiting with Linton 59 and Darryl Nantais Art Gallery is representing my artwork. I do hope you can be there and see my artworks up close.


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