Today on pinterest, I was searching for art. I’m especially interested in new, unknown artists, who deserve to be discovered by me. 😀 That’s how I came up against a remarkable realistic and awesome still-life of cheese and wine. Realism is something I really admire in pictures. I’m really impressed by painters who can create photo-like paintings, I think those painters deserve to be venerated, and mostly they are. So that’s why I was surprised that, by googling the name of the artist of the cheese and wine picture, I found nothing,..
That was the first clue,..
The absence of any art-like ‘hits’ on google, when entering his name, made me curious. Because: even if you google me; a very unknown artist, with not much paintings, and without the ability to create photo-realistic paintings, you’ll find my art! So; what was with this guy: Nikolai Panov? To find out I followed the link of the pinterest-picture to the original website: http://500px.com/photo/41661488/cheese-&-wine-by-nikolai-panov: no information about the picture or the artist AT ALL! Again; what’s with this guy? *second clue*
On the website you were able to buy the picture on canvas, wallpaper, or buy a licence for using the picture. These are great ways to sell your art, by the way. You get to keep the original, get money for your work, and your art travels the world, spreads among the people, and will ultimately promote your work! But, I didn’t visit the website to buy; I wanted to know more about Nikolai Panov, because I started to get the impression his art was not painted, but photography. No clues on this website though,.. I thought,..
After some more googling I found the same guy again on http://www.artflakes.com. Again; an artshop, and again no information on the guy. But they did provide me some more pictures. I posted one of his artworks right here; I’m probably not allowed to do so, even though I’m promoting Panov’s work by posting it,.. But I really wanted to share it with you. What do you think: painted of photography? Difficult; right? It is so realistic! But it really looks like a painting still! (Only without signature,.. which could be a third clue,..)
But, about a year ago, I visited an exposition of pictures of Bas Meeuws in the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, the Netherlands. This Bas Meeuws created still-lifes, inspired by the popular, supererogated, flower compositions from the 17th century. Meeuws’ pictures are digitally manipulated photographs, and therefore deceptively real. (check his website) If you do not know they’re manipulated photo’s, you’ll spend you’re time in front of the picture wondering it’s character. Just like I did with the pictures of Panov.
But eventually, my presumptions were confirmed by checking the http://www.500px.com website again. (This was the website the pinterest-link directed me to) The website appears to be a premier photography community; Panov definitely is just like Meeuws! Still awesome pictures, and they kept me busy for a while, but they’re no paintings.
With the rise of photography, the world of art changed. People like Panov and Meeuws confirm this change, and actually I think it’s a good thing; it really is art. But I don’t think they’ll replace painted art ever.