You may have seen hyperrealistic paintings before. One thing that most of them have in common is the paper canvas. But Ivan Hoo, a self-taught artist from Singapore, makes uses wooden boards as canvases to create unbelievably realistic paintings that literally seems to be popping off the wood.
On online platform Boredpanda, Ivan has mentioned that he likes to draw realistic artworks that tease the eyes and the brain. He chooses wood as a canvas because it gives him a lot of dimension and ideas to create something more realistic. Besides that, wood also works well with pastels.
Ivan usually uses dry mediums such as pastels for his incredible portraits. However, in some of his drawings, he even used acrylic as a base layer before adding pastel details into it. Plus, he would like to work more with paints in his future artworks.
In 2011, he showcased his hyperrealistic paintings in an exhibition for the first time at the 50×50 Square Invasion Painting Show. Since then his artwork has gained more public attention. He even teaches aspiring artists at the Art Speaks Studio in Singapore.
Matchbox and burned matches
Blackberry pastel on wood
Disposable glasses from Starbucks
Cat painting made with acrylic and pastel