Mark Tennant

Mark Tennant, an American artist based in New York, has mastered the art of photorealism. His oil-based paintings deceive the viewer for a brief moment by appearing like photographs. A perfectionist in his craft, Mark Tennant has not only dedicated his time to painting artistic scenes but also passed on his knowledge to his students. He highlights the importance of the tradition of museum copying, which dates back to the period after the French Revolution. The practice of artists copying masterpieces allows them to learn from the greats. His fascinating paintings, be they of dancing groups in an intimate embrace or of girls covering their eyes from what appears to be flashlight, allow viewers to develop their own interpretations. Despite the unintentional deception, the intricacies and mastery of his works remain in focus, and one wonders whether they might one day be imitated by copyists themselves.