Hyper-realism is an art style where artists attempt to recreate images in visual similarity to as the name implies, realistic depictions similar to a photograph. Two artists talk about this style and their upcoming exhibition, Nuzhats' and share their thoughts.
Nuzhat Minhaz, a fresh graduate from Sunbeams, and Nuzhat Lamisa, a second year student at Ryerson University in Canada, will be showcasing their talents at Drik Gallery from July 16 to 18, 2018, at their aptly titled exhibition Nuzhats'.
Nuzhat Minhaz is someone who took up art at an early age, and says it's been her passion as long as she can remember, from receiving compliments in art classes at school, and being introduced to painters like Van Gogh by her mother, who dabbles in art too, it's almost natural to her like breathing.
Nuzhat Lamisa, on the other hand is much newer to the art scene, having taken art classes after her O levels and was encouraged by her art teacher to take up more lessons, and slowly transitioned from still-life paintings into realism paintings.
Both artists have a common goal with this exhibition: to introduce and promote hyper-realism amongst younger people, among whom they feel fine art is a bit underappreciated compared to say, fluid painting and other styles that are more mainstream.
"Unlike abstract art, realism depends on your observational skills to get proportions to realistic details of accuracy. While you still leave it up to audience interpretation, it's still meant to bring a different kind of feeling in you. Like how people feel about when they see lightning, or about expressions on someone's face, realism makes use of details to make the audience feel something," Nuzhat Minhaz explains."Unlike abstract art, realism depends on your observational skills to get proportions to realistic details of accuracy. While you still leave it up to audience interpretation, it's still meant to bring a different kind of feeling in you. Like how people feel about when they see lightning, or about expressions on someone's face, realism makes use of details to make the audience feel something," Nuzhat Minhaz explains.
Both artists talk about how the style isn't very popular among young artists, because of how much sheer time and effort is put into it. Nuzhat Lamisa describes her work on a single painting taking from somewhere from 3 weeks to even 6 months. Both artists also talk about how observation based it is: "I've started noticing a lot more of people's expressions, to subtle changes like how muscles move when they smile, a lot more details became apparent after doing realism art."
"Getting proportions right is more important and a really tough process, someone will instantly know if you're getting it wrong. A lot of people are very critical and demotivating, so many people don't like committing to realism, as well the time taken for it," Nuzhat Minhaz describes.
"Young artists who want to pursue it need to be open to criticism and a lot of demotivating comments, and many people don't know how to give constructive criticism so it's a lot worse than it should be," both artists explain.
While definitely promoting a style that's a bit niche is a goal of theirs with the exhibition, they want to promote art in general, and encourage people to undertake more creative work.
"We want to encourage younger people to be creative, something that's really discouraged in our current environment which focuses too much on studying. Be it as a hobby or more serious, we'd like for younger artists to do more and show that art can be taken seriously by everyone, even if you're not a Charukola graduate. We hope that people come to our exhibition so they can appreciate realism, and art in general and see how interesting and rewarding it can be."