10 Masters of Photorealism
Estimate $1,000. With exquisite attention to the minutest details, Ellen Altfest produces naturalistic paintings that transform humble or intimate subjects into evocative, psychologically loaded objects. This Japanese woodblock print of a gourd, an edition of 40, marks Altfest’s first foray into the medium.
Work is unframed
42.4 cm x 43.4 cm
Paper size: 16 11/16 x 17 1/16 in. (42.4 x 43.4 cm)
Image rights: © Ellen Altfest. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography. Courtesy of the Artist and White Cube
With exquisite attention to the minutest details, Ellen Altfest produces naturalistic paintings that transform humble or intimate subjects—like houseplants, gourds, or a man’s underarm—into evocative, psychologically loaded objects that almost exceed realism. Altfest paints from life in every sense, faithfully recording the crevices on the surface of a gourd or each pore and every hair covering a man’s thigh. This abundance of detail, combined with Altfest’s tight framing, is at once seductive and excruciating: “I like making compositions that are awkward and go against what might be considered pleasing,” she says.
American, b. 1970, New York, United States, based in New York, United States