The Amazing Impressionistic Oil Paintings of Brent Estabrook

oil on canvas 84 - Painting by Brent Estabrook

Dream Team - Painting by Brent Estabrook

Dream Team Closeup - Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it Closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Three Amigos - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Far too many of us have sacrificed our dreams on the altar of harsh reality. It’s hard out there for anyone, and even more so for a creative person to follow their dreams. But, it’s heartening to know that there are always a brave few who never give up and keep fighting.

American artist Brent Estabrook, who despite being a qualified dentist (with a large school debt), decided to give it all up and began to chase his love of painting. He went through some difficult patches — which included spending an year sleeping on an air mattress in a studio apartment shared with other people — but he never once stopped painting during that period.

“I have given up a life of comfort and dullness to pursue a life of uncertainty and excitement… All I know is that I need to paint… that is it.” – Brent

Warm and fuzzy - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Warm and fuzzy closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

His latest series of oil painting “Perpetual Recess,” was inspired by his pursuit of the internal passions which drive us in the face of overwhelming odds. The playful series, tinged with nostalgia, takes us back to our childhoods where we were free to dream without any of the fears which hold us back now. Using an impressionistic style of painting, Brent has masterfully used colors, contrast and textures to create his works. The effect is quite stunning as the paintings looks photorealistic when viewed from a distance.

Brent Estabrook was born in the year 1985 in Arizona, but spent most of his life in Seattle. He graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, before getting a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Louisville. He is currently based in San Francisco, and has had his works exhibited at numerous exhibits in America.

You can visit his site and/or follow him on Instagram to see more of his work.

[via Reddit]

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Stephane Dillies’s Garbage Art



French figurative artist, Stephane Dillies’s oil paintings may be about trash, but they are good enough to hang on your walls.  His paintings are based on photographs of trash bins found in different cities around the world. They are almost hyperealistic, and a beautiful statement on society’s overwhelming appetite for consumption. Dillies uses his works to elevate ordinary trash to a completely different level.

Via his site:

His paintings are modern vanities. Stephane Dillies makes paintings of garbage of different countries as landscapes or still life. His compositions are made by fortuity by every consumers of those cities. They represent the massive consumption of the developed world. His paintings reminds us that development can’t be without consequences, however his works can be seen as luxurious trophy of modernity. It’s also a subtle game of lights, colours, and material. Finally, they can be seen as the real reflect of our lives; as a soda can, you’re born, you live, you will die..

Dillies is a graduate of Fine Arts (MFA), and lives and works in Brussels. His works have been exhibited in numerous cities in France and Belgium.

Link to Stephane Dillies’s site.

Check out some select images from his portfolio, after the jump.


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