Hyperrealistic Paintings of Parents, Polaroids


Most of us have photos of our parents; London-born, Australia-based artist Robin Eley, whose work we spotted over on Lost At E Minor, creates hyperrealistic oil paintings of his folks — that is, when he’s not busy doing commercial illustrations for publications like the Village Voice and the Wall Street Journal. “By documenting time, I attempt to slow its quickening pace,” he explains, “such that for the briefest of moments there is just the viewer, my painting, and the space between.” In other words, his version of hitting the pause button life is much more dramatic than yours is. Click through to check out a slideshow of his recent portraits of himself and his family, as well as other paintings in the series.

Robin Eley, Plastic

Robin Eley, Mother’s Hands

Robin Eley, Polaroid

Robin Eley, The Shadows of His Former Self

Robin Eley, Understanding Gleghorn

Robin Eley, Claire

Robin Eley, Portrait of Robin Eley Sr.

Robin Eley, Door Knobs

Robin Eley, Self Portrait