Artist of the moment…..Jason De Graaf….

This hyperrealist painter is best known for his paintings of reflections of glass. In this clip you can see my favorite painting of his, the painting with the reflections of pine trees. The actual images start at 44 seconds into the clip. The show took place at Jacana Gallery located in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jason De Graaf paints with acrylics on canvas.

The painting with the pine trees is my favorite work by the artist and is 24 by 36 inches going for $5,900. Painted in acrylics.

Jason De Graaf was born in Montreal, Canada in the year 1971. He currently lives and works out of Quebec, Canada. The artist works with photos and applies his own color technique. He enjoys painting items that are transparent such as glass, water, and marbles.

For his artistic education De Graaf attended Dawson College located in Montreal, Canada.

Some other photorealists artist would be Don Eddy, Robert Bechtle, Richard MacLean, Hilo Chen, Ralph and Mark Goings. Two galleries that do a great job of showing high quality photorealist works would be the Louis K. Meisel Gallery located in New York, New York. The latter gallery would be the Plus One Gallery located in London, England.  Jason De Graaf is featured at the Plus One Gallery.

Meisel Gallery:

Plus One Gallery:

A link for the artist’s own website:

Lets take a closer look at some paintings. Its very easy for the viewer to find the subject of the painting. Often its the largest object in the work, located in the middle third of the painting, and has the brightest reflection of light.  De Graaf is a master at mixing organic and geometric shapes, such as the cylinder shape of a glass and the fun shapes that evolve when water is forced to leave the glass. Or the abstract patterns that exist on crumpled up aluminum foil.

Another interesting aspect of his method is the use of black. Many painters don’t like to use it, for fear of taking the color out of the picture. My favorite painter of the western theme, Howard Terpning, prefers to mix his own black using burnt sienna and ultramarine blue.

Although working from photographs the artist isn’t bound to them from start to finish. He uses colours by intuition and tries to capture the beauty of everyday things. Be it a drop of water, the reflections that appear on foil, or even the reflections that exist on the surface area of a still glass of wine. Each is brought to life and given a splendor usually reserved for painting living items.


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