These Detailed Oil Paintings Realistically Portray Inked Individuals

By: David Ingram - Oct 8, 2015
References: stevenjosephchapman &
California artist Steven Chapman skillfully captures his subjects down to the last detail is these hyper realistic oil portraits of various individuals and their unique tattoo artwork.

Using oil paint and a canvas, these paintings catch a level of grittiness and attention to detail that makes them look more like high definition photographs than oil portraits. With a dedication to precision these painted images closely depict not only the tattoos present on each individual, but also a closer examination of each person who uses their own body as their own personal canvas.

Chapman describes his process as surveying people's relationships with their own self-image in the context of the modern media landscape, and framing it within visual tropes like social networking, Photoshop and cinematic composition.