You would be forgiven for looking at Robin Eley’s works and assuming he was a photographer not an painter, but we can assure you – the pictures you see here are actually just super-realistic paintings and not photographs.
He has completed a series of large-scale oil paintings on Belgian linen canvas which feature his subjects naked and wrapped in plastic. The plastic appears so real, you imagine that if you reached out and touched it, that it would actually have the texture of plastic. The people look photographed too, the detail in the hair, the eyes, the fingertips, their bodies is just incredible…it all just seems too real to be a painting.
At first glance I thought someone was having me on, I was like, wtf these are definitely photographs, that is until I watched the time-lapse video of Eley creating one of his portraits. This guy’s eyes are a camera and his paintbrush is the lens!
Eley was born in London, raised in Australia and educated in the United States. After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Westmont College in California, he returned to Australia where he currently resides. His paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the country.