Hyper-realistic rendering of the most famed paintings of the world by Robin Eley prompt you to frantically unwrap the torn plastic covering that looms over the works. But only if. At first glance the art pieces by the England born, Australia educated, America based artist look like they’re waiting to be unwrapped. Covered in illusionary gallery-wrap, plastic sheets and tapes, the paintings hang over walls of art exhibitions and collection banks. The unsettling illusion over replications of some of the most ardently loved masterpieces is just that – an illusion.
The painstaking effort of Robin Eley is apparent in his works; his prowess stays at its peak in all his works. He works around ninety hours a week, and it takes him approximately five weeks to complete a work. This diligence results in paintigs that look like photographs wrapped in plastic.
A spectator might wonder but why?
Robin answers this beautifully, expressing that the wraps demonstrate isolation in the modern world. The wrapping is something you can see through, but not feel through.
By veiling his models, he’s not only adding mystery and intrigue to the paintings, but manifesting them in a new dimension. This wrapping might be hiding a piece of work, but it also reveals what won’t meet the eye easily if the painting was ‘unwrapped’.
Robin Eley has worked with masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa, The Starry Night, Girl With A Pearl Earring and many more works loved and valued deeply in the world of art.
His facility has not gone unnoticed – the hyper-realistic painter has been a finalist in numerous prizes, most notably Runner Up (2010) and Highly Commended (2011) in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the world’s richest prize for portraiture. In 2014 he received the judges award for curated artists at the Fort Wayne Realism Biennial. In addition, he has also been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2012), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Art Prize (2010, 2012) and the Nora Heysen Still Life Art Award (2011)
His works are on display at select art galleries and collection banks.
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