Artist and photographer Tarryn Goldman has created a series of remarkable images, where painting and photography meet in a surreal and fascinating way.
Her work appears like an illusion, where the oil painting is actually made up of real-life figures, but made to look like it belongs on a traditional canvas.
We love the process of her figure’s transformation, and the way brush strokes can be accentuated to turn real objects into ones that look two dimensional. It’s a unique twist, the opposite of what is normally done, where artists meticulously paint something to look lifelike and hyperrealistic.
Images used with artist’s permission.
Goldman’s Impasto Process:
“In early 2020 COVID pushed everyone in the world into their homes and told them to sit and stay there. I finished editing images which had been piling up, updated my website, tidied my studio and took an endless stream of images of my daughter.
After about two weeks, when I realised that COVID was gonna be around for a while I began looking for projects to do. I joined a number of online workshops and a few competitions and started to really get into the wonderful space of creativity where I had no deadlines, no boundaries and nothing else to shoot but what I absolutely loved creating.
I heard about this really cool competition called Africa Photo Awards and I decided to enter. After looking at the genres of the competition, I was torn between creating work to enter into the Fine Art category or the Conceptual category. I understood the literal difference between the two, but in my eyes, there was not very much difference when you looked at the actual images.
If you take a photograph of a fine art painting, would that be considered fine art photography or conceptual photography? I spent the next day or so painting objects and setting them up, but it was only once I looked through the camera did I realise what I had done…
It collapsed depth. It had created a 2D object from real life… No matter which angle I took the image from, the effect remained the same. In traditional art there is a technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions called Trompe-l’oeil. What I am doing is the exact opposite.”
Below is a great video from the artist showing her painstaking process.