Robin Eley's hyperrealistic oil paintings are beautiful representations of both reality and of mythology. Each of his works depicts a single person in the middle of either a physical or emotional struggle, giving them a pensive and ethereal quality.
The most memorable of Eley's latest works depicts a muscular man, bent over and carrying a huge, aluminium boulder on his back. This painting is a clear reference to the iconic 'Atlas' statue, which dates back to Greek mythology. The story goes that Atlas carried the weight of the world on his shoulders, so every work of art referring to Atlas since this myth has depicted him in the midst of a physical struggle against the weight of the world.
These latest works from Eley prove that ancient myths continue to impact art, even in this contemporary age. Eley's meticulous and stunning style makes for an incredibly beautiful series of portraits that have to be seen to be believed.