December, 1978: Hyperrealism emerged at the “Illusion vs. Reality” exhibit in Australia when artists began to use technological advancements and newly developed materials like vinyl to create exceptionally lifelike sculptures of people who never really existed. The artists extended our fascination with the human body into the 3-dimensional realm, using sculpting techniques more akin to the special effects industry than the visual arts. Hyperrealism is still at the forefront of creative art today, as exemplified by New York artist Kip Omolade’s oil paintings of chrome portrait sculptures. Kip begins with a plaster sculpture of a face, which he refines, converts to resin, adorns with chrome and eyelashes, photographs, and then paints on canvas. Mystery in simplicity fascinates.
As we at Murphy Packaging wind up our 40th Anniversary Flashbacks, we invite you to join us in 2019, when our Newsletter will peer into the future, trying to solve the mystery of what packaging will look like 40 years from now. Each month we will highlight new trends, products and/or applications in our dynamic, global industry.