Video of the Day: Making Hyperrealistic Paintings of Internet Photos


Enda O’Donoghue makes painting that look like photos. But while most of the painters who make up our most recent hyperrealism vogue take inspiration from the extraordinary (ghostly, double-exposed photos) or at least the very cool (DJs), O’Donoghue is interested in the unremarkable. The Irish artist sources photos from blogs and social networking sites, choosing the kind of poorly framed, everyday shots that we see every day on our friends’ Facebook and Twitter feeds. As a result, his oil paintings perform the rare feat of making the ephemeral enduring. Watch a time-lapse video that shows how O’Donoghue does it and check out some of his paintings after the jump. Then click over to Motherboard to learn more about the artist.

Click through for a gallery of Enda O’Donoghue’s paintings.

Enda O’Donoghue, Too slutty?, 2010, oil on canvas, 140 x 170 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, Reflection, 2010, oil on canvas, 66 x 100 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, Appetite, 2008, oil on canvas, 95 x 120 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, Being Digital, 2008, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, In the Elevator, 2009, oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, wow, my stomach looks great!, 2010, oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, Sense of Direction, 2009, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

Enda O’Donoghue, Pray, 2007, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

All images via Endaism