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Dirk Dzimirsky’s Photorealistic Art Expresses His Concern with Water Torture

water portrait by dirk dzimirsky

With the aim of making a political statement about torture methods such as waterboarding, German artist Dirk Dzimirsky began experimenting with water as a subject in his hyperrealistic art. While the final result looks less politically focused, Dzimirsky explains that it provided inspiration for his current direction. “The water stayed as an element in my work. It gives me the change to add different textures, tonal values and colors to a face which you usually do not find there.” With or without water, the subjects in his art all reveal a poetic vulnerability, captured beautifully in graphite, charcoal and oil paint.

painting feturing water by dirk dzimirsky

work in progress by dirk dzimirsky

black and white work in progress by dirk dzimirsky

dirk dzimirskys studio

black and white portrait by dirk dzimirsky

studio shot of a work in progress by dirk dzimirsky

dirk dzimirsky graphite portrait work in progess

dirk dzimirsky colour oil paint portrait

dirk dzimirsky oil paint portrait in studio

Images © Dirk Dzimirsky