Movie Like Hyper-Realistic Paintings by Damian Loeb

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Connecticut-born artist Damian Loeb is a photographer and painter and he's good at both.

Loeb's early works were based on collages culled from varied sources, including advertisements, magazines, television, and books. The resulting paintings depict unsettling scenes rendered in a highly representational, seamlessly multi-layered composition. The atmosphere in the finished works expresses a dreamlike and surreal state, as if painted from an emotional memory.

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These works however, gained him notoriety for his appropriation of images from contemporary media sources, and he was taken to court various times for copyright infringement. These early set-backs only fueled Loeb into the upping the ante and creating a more breath taking, daring body of work, one based in the world of sci-fi and horror.

Loeb embarked on a series of paintings based on stills from classic Horror and Science Fiction films. To create these works, he captured and digitally combined multiple stills which were then rendered as large oil paintings. Many of the works take the form of extreme landscapes up to 14 feet long, engulfing one's field of view and reproducing the atmospheric elements of the scene without the use of recognizable or iconic signifiers

Loeb had his first solo in 1999. Since then, he has had international solo and group shows at galleries and museums around the world. He is currently represented by the Acquavella Gallery.

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