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Imaginative realism, put simply, is the art of the unseen. Not “unseen by the artist,” as in long-ago historical events, but “unseen by anyone” – things that have never existed or might exist in a faraway future. It’s the rendering of imagination, rather than rendering from imagination. The beauty of imaginative realism, as a genre, is that it allows artists to both revisit classic tropes and invent entirely new ones, all within the framework of highly skilled, technically advanced realism.


This presents realist painters and sculptors with a chance to move beyond the constraints of “traditional” realist subjects and into a world of their own creation, where their classical technique can illuminate new and different narratives or put a contemporary spin on a classical theme while still finding an appreciative audience for their work.


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