Leng Jun's paintings look like photos

The precision is such that the hyper-realistic paintings by the Chinese artist Leng Jun look like photographs. Not only the look and the structure of the faces but also the hair, the skin texture, even the fibres of the fabrics look perfect.

Leng Jun paints in oil on canvas, without preparatory drawings, without shortcuts. Freehand, with the models  standing in front of him. All improvised but absolutely perfect.

It’s not just the perfection of the painting but it’s interesting to see how he has been influenced by masters from the past. The models (mostly women) wear contemporary clothes, but their poses and demeanour reminds us of famous classic paintings.

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