For a while there it seemed like every new painter who caught our eye was deeply entrenched in the whole hyperrealism trend. What can we say? We’re a sucker for the bait and switch of a painting that looks exactly like a photo, but isn’t. UK-based artist Nathan Ford, whose work we spotted thanks to Booooooom, may have finally broken that spell. With him, it’s all about the paint. Thick oil drips down his canvases, giving the dark, urban landscapes a life of their own. There’s an ethereal quality to these nighttime street scenes, like they’ve only briefly surfaced, but could wash away at a moment’s notice — almost like you’re looking through a pane of glass that’s about to fog over. Hurry, click through before they disappear completely!