Seeming to rise up off the canvass, a viewer would be impressed
to discover these swaths of paint to be two-dimensional in
nature, but then further shocked to realize the material isn’t
paint at all but pencil.
Australian artist Cj
Hendry has an eye for hyper-realism, but in this series:
instead of using it to draft convincing landscapes or portraits
has turned to emulating oil paint.
Layers of carefully applied pencil slowly add depth and
dimension to the flat surface, capturing the lush appearance of
semi-liquid paints. The effect is so convincing the artist
often includes a hand and pencil in photographs of the work to
highlight the fact that what is being seen is both
two-dimensional and drawn with pencils.
It is a dramatic shift from previous work by Hendry done in
black and white. And going to color didn’t mean just picking
one per piece, either — each of these colorful works employs a
number of different colors, which is not at all obvious at a