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Richard Estes

Richard Estes (b. 1932) is an American Photorealist artist known his paintings of cityscapes and storefronts.  His work is characterized by meticulous detailing and invisible brushwork.  Born in Kewanee, Illinois, he graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1965 and went on to work as a commercial artist in New York. His paintings are reproductions of his photographs of urban landscapes, most of which are representations of Manhattan. The artist often exaggerates detail in his imagery and expands the depth of an image by using mirrored objects and reflections, illustrated in his piece Double Self-portrait (1976). During the 1970s, he was chosen three times to represent the United States at the Bienniales in Venice and Basel.

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