PEDRO CAMPOS: A Glossy Perfection of Realism
The desire for ‘Perfectionism’, in psychology, is one of the most common traits of highly acclaimed artists.
This especially goes for Hyperrealist artists; Most prominent names of the genre with a background in painting, first start the technique as a way of perfecting their crafts, and eventually find it hard to give up and pursue their seek of ‘perfectionism’ as their style under Hyperrealism.
The same trait of perfectionism, I would attribute to the Spanish artist Pedro Campos.
With a background in art restoration, which is a well exceptional practice with its’ ultimate detail oriented technique- Campos stands as a testament to interwined relationship between perfectionism and Hyperrealism.
He attributes his past as the greatest influence to honing his craft in precision, stating: “The restoration of lost areas in antique paintings forces you to seek excatitude in color: any personal intervention should go unnoticed.”
This constant attention to detail and obsessive aspiration of perfecting the craft, turns into a trope of passion as ‘Hyperrealism’ as an impressive clear-cut technique that suits the artist’s innate tendencies of obsession and perfectionism.
Pedro captivates the audience with his minimal objects in supreme clarity and purity with a glossy flawlessness.
He revitalizes illusionism by his impeccable use of optical devices such as jelly beans jars, plastic bags wrapping peaches, and glass marbles in search of high realism.
However, unlike many other realists he does not hang back from surprising the audience with a touch of “distinction” quality in the midst of his systematic techniques. With his gigantic Coca-Cola cans, and books in distorted sizes; he brings Monumentality’ to his works which brings the objects close to Surrealism.
His works also stand as a great testament to today’s definition of hyperrealism which is identified by how current the objects and scenes are, with a mixture of Pop iconography. A great example of this is his ‘Louboutin and Cavalli’ work where he depicts a pair of latest trend transparent Louboutin heels with studs, paired with a Limited Edition Cavalli Vodka.