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Akram Spaul

Akram Spaul

Although Akram Spaul’s work might seem academic, super realism has proven t be one of the most resilient counter-movements to both romantic abstraction and action painting. Akram’s work has its root in the immaculate trompe l’ oeil technique of Rene Magritte but the surrealist element in his work, although present, is quite subtle and understated.

 

While much of modern art has been about destroying the illusionist concept of the picture as a window on reality, it was in the late 1960s and 70s that super realism made its appearance in the United States as a rebellion against the emotional excesses of Pollock and de Kooning et al. In this sense, Akram’s work has similar pretensions to extreme objectivity. Many of his pictures are remarkable for their impeccable execution.

 

 

Ali Imam