When it comes to hyperrealistic oil painting, it seems that the focus these days has become more and more centred on technical ability and less and less on the subject matter of any given work. In my mind, the ability as an artist to paint well should be a given, allowing the design and impact of the image to take front and centre.
What matters most to me is to create images of the time that I live in–curating the cacophony of stimuli in everyday life in the modern world. I don’t find the umpteenth painting of a pear to be worth any of my time just because it’s painted in a realistic manner.
So why donuts? From the ridiculous to the sublime, donuts to me are the ultimate image of decadence and in many cases, decline. Painting, thanks to social media, has become Paintertainment, and I find that modern images of things like donuts, toys and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz are a much more accurate depiction of our world than yet another still life of a brass teapot. ~ Jason Walker
“Crying Dorothy” Oil on panel, It’s a 20×20, 2017
“Dorothy Gale” Oil on panel, It’s a 30×40, 2018
“Frank” Oil on panel, It’s a 15×20, 2010
“Homer Simpson Donut” Oil on panel, It’s a 16×20, 2018
“Red Donut 4-Pack” Oil on Canvas, It’s a 36×36, 2019
“Pink Donut with bag” Oil on panel, It’s a 14×18 2012
“The Seven Dwarfs” Oil on panel, It’s a 18×20, 2016
“Chip and Dale” Oil on panel, It’s a 18×14, 2016
“Pinocchio” Oil on panel, It’s a 16×20, 2017
“Rainbow Six Pack” Oil on canvas, It’s a 30×40, 2020