By Luke Kenton
This incredible artist will leave you seeing double as he turns his own photographs into stunningly realistic masterpieces pixel by pixel, in a painstaking process that can up to a year to complete.
At first glance, you may mistake this South Korean artist’s work for a photograph, but a close look will reveal the intricate brush strokes Young-Sung Kim, 44, etches onto the canvas for up 12 months at a time.
Coining the phrase ‘hyperrealism’, Young-Sung has perfected his style over 34 years in which he photographs his muses with a macro-lens – highlighting the smallest details – and then replicates each pixel onto a canvas with vivid clarity.
Working for up to 12-hours-a-day, the revered artist’s work can sell for anything between 14,000GBP (20,000USD) to 70,000GBP (100,000USD), with his most detailed piece taking a staggering three years to finish.
Determined to make his hyper-realistic masterpieces ‘even more real than real’, Young-Sung said: “I seek the best and most unique hyper-reality that doesn’t exist in this world.
“To do that, I take pictures with the best camera and I paint with very small brushes for months at a time, until I am satisfied.
“I discovered my talent to replicate what I see at the age of ten – it was from that point I decided to become an artist.
“It usually takes between three and ten months to finish, but I won’t stop until I’m completely happy with it.
“What I am pursuing is an advanced and extreme hyper-realism that precedes any reality; more real than any photograph; clearer than any monitor; but more importantly, more real than real itself.”
To see more of Young-Sung’s work, follow him on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/_y_kim