Hyperreal Paintings of Desolate, Small-Town America

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Lonely gas stations, motels, dive restaurants, and abandoned buildings populate the work of painter Rod Penner. His hyperreal creations are sometimes indistinguishable from photographs, and the small Texas towns he paints are poignant in their desolate melancholy. Faith is Torment introduced us to the artist’s work, which at first appears to be lost snapshots from a road trip through small-town America. Pavement and neon never looked so beautiful. See more of Penner’s images in our gallery, below.

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner

Image credit: Rod Penner