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A style of painting that resembles photography in its meticulous attention to realistic detail.

pho′to·re′al·ist adj. & n.
pho′to·re′al·is′tic adj.


(Art Terms) a style of painting and sculpture that depicts esp commonplace urban images with meticulously accurate detail
ˌphotoˈrealist n, adj


(ˌfoʊ toʊˈri əˌlɪz əm)

n. (sometimes cap.)
a style of painting depicting scenes in meticulously realistic detail, in emulation of photography.
pho′to•re′al•ist, n., adj.
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The game has always been about fun and moved the simulation dynamic of golf games to the side, and now it looks as if the fun has been retained with realism - although not photo realism - brought into the mix.
Oakton Community College alumnus Vijay Paniker will discuss his ceramic photo realism as part the school's Visiting Artist Series from 9:30 a.m.
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I use oil paints on canvas and employ a technique widely known as hyper realism or photo realism, where I represent the subject in consideration as is given.
In 1982 Lack focused on the term Classical Realism to differentiate this traditional manner of painting from all of the other isms of our time: Photo Realism, Modernism, Surrealism, etc.
It's hard to describe my painting style, because I do so many different things--from photo realism to pretty wild abstracts.
Expressive facial close-ups are juxtaposed with the photo realism of trench warfare rendered in dull greys and browns.
KYM: I have a number of really exciting tattoos lined up, particularly in the photo realism style which is great as I thoroughly enjoy doing it.
The company uses that same photo realism with an additional dimension in its new Miss Purr-feet turkey decoy, part of the company's exciting 3-D decoy line up.