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I bet you’re thinking these are pretty stunning photos, right? Well they’re not. Photos that is. These are Marilyn Minter’s incredible, hyper-realistic paintings. That’s right, paintings! I saw her work over on The Artful Desperado and was taken aback.

Minter begins her process by staging photo shoots with film. She uses a conventional darkroom processes and does’t crop or digitally manipulate her photographs. Her paintings, on the other hand, are made by combining negatives in photoshop to make a whole new image. This new image is then turned into paintings created through the layering of enamel paint on aluminum. The last layer is applied with fingertips to create a modeling or softening of the paintbrush lines.

The 64-year-old New York-based artist’s work has been shown at an international level and not surprisingly, has garnered quite a loyal fan base.

November 01, 2012

WOW. These are stunning and it’s true, I couldn’t believe they were paintings at first. Love the vivid, saturated shades and the bold angles. Great find!!