Take a look at this Triumph, a really close look. A gorgeous bit of restoration work, to be sure, but there’s something more you might be missing. It’s not a photo of a Triumph or even a closeup photo of a model, and before all of you computer graphics guys jump in to tell me it’s a rendering from some 3D software, let me stop you, because it’s not that either. This is a painting, a hyper-realistic oil painting from an artist by the name of Pedro Campos.
Hyper realism seems to get mixed reactions from artists, they always want to talk about the feeling and emotion conveyed by their work and I suppose there’s something to be said for that, but I look at this sort of work and the first thing I see is the extraordinary skill involved. It reminds me of those news stories you occasionally see about some fellow working in a back room somewhere turning out perfect $100 dollar bills by hand.
From a young age, Campos worked in a variety of creative settings, decorating nightclubs and restaurants, and also working for ad agencies as an illustrator. He also studied art restoration in Madrid, working on furnishings, paintings and sculpture. It wasn’t until age 30 that he finally took up oil painting and began to forge his career as a fine artist.
When I ran across the article about Campos’ work, there were quite a few paintings of all sorts of things and thankfully, in with everything else was this Triumph. It works a lot better on The Kneeslider than a jar filled with jelly beans, but you should see that, too, along with all of the rest of his paintings.
Make sure you click through the links to see his other work. Truly amazing.