Artist Matt Story creates hyper-realistic artworks which capture a moment in time and look as detailed as photographs. And that’s the point – you could just take a picture and pop it into Photoshop and add filter effects, but this guy is churning this stuff out by hand with oil-based paint.
“I try to paint contemporary life as to capture crystals of pristine memory that we all share but never describe to one another. Each composition uses the gesture of figure or setting to evoke a platonic form, an archetypal notion, a distilled essence, that thing that lasts beyond the moment.”
Story has worked for over twenty years from his studio in Los Angeles but in mid-2013 began a long hiatus with his wife on the Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina, where he paints today, often twelve or more hours a day and seven days a week. His oil painting on canvas and panel closely resembles the classical methods, used for centuries by the masters (such as Titian and Caravaggio, two of Story’s heroes), fastidiously building up thin glazes, painting “fat over lean” with traditional materials. His work is included in private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. Have a look, and enjoy!