Photorealism is a painting style that emerged in Europe and the USA in the late 1960s, characterised by its painstaking detail and precision
Photorealism rejected the painterly qualities by which individual artists could be recognised, and instead strove to create pictures that looked photographic. Visual complexity, heightened clarity and a desire to be emotionally neutral led to banal subject matter that likened the movement to pop art.
The early 1990s saw a renewed interest in photorealism, thanks to new technology in the form of cameras and digital equipment which offered more precision. Younger artists practising this technique today include Raphaella Spence, Clive Head, Andrew Grassie and Bertrand Meniel.
- See also hyper-realism