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Stunning hyperrealistic portraits abstract the face with water and paint

Specializing in graphite portraits, Melissa Cooke draws stunning hyper-realistic works that acknowledge the relationship between photography, painting and portraiture. Using herself as the subject, her many artworks play with framing and textures so that sometimes she is depicted submerged in water, and sometimes in thicker liquids or paint.

Cooke expertly captures the detail of every shape, stroke and movement, offering works that abstract the face. The ripples, bubbles and paint smears are all drawn with such precision, bridging the boundaries between traditional art and photography.

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