It’s really hard to believe, but what you’re seeing below are not photographs. They are incredible hyper-realistic paintings by London-born artist Robin Eley. With a simple paintbrush he creates stunning photo-quality works of art which leave you speechless and wondering long after you see them.

Born in London in 1978, but raised in Australia from the age of three and educated in the United States, the artist has been exhibited in London and New York, among others, and he has been both a runner-up and highly-recommended in the Australian Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Cellophane is his medium for this – it is something you can see through but not feel through. Close attention must be paid to detail of each fold, each reflection, and the changing tones between plastic and flesh.

While Eley’s subjects and technique suggest these are photographs, the paintings are all created stroke by stroke. It takes many many hours for Eley to produce a portrait, with his largest works taking five weeks apiece – working 90 hours per week.

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If you still don’t don’t believe all of these are paintings, have a look at the timelapse video below of Robin painting plastic on a Belgian linen.

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