Patrick Kramer: Mormon Artist
Patrick Kramer is a hyperrealistic artist. He honed his craft while studying art at Brigham Young University, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2008. Since then, he has painted full time. What look like photographs are actually highly detailed oil paintings. His paintings take from 50 to 300 hours to create.
He was born in Kaysville, Utah; both of his parents emigrated from Germany. Art classes in high school provided an outlet for his perfectionist nature.
Of his style, he said:
- I came to realize that the appeal of representational painting since the advent of photography is due in a large part to the painting process. Although the image itself may come to resemble an ordinary photograph, a psychological intensity can be felt in the handmade work, as the artist's laboriously slow method, intense concentration, and myriad of artistic decisions lie behind the creation of the image. In my work, I hope the viewer senses this tension between photography and the handmade—the instantaneous and the prolonged, the ubiquitous and the unique, the impartial and the personal.
Kramer paints still lifes to landscapes to city scenes. He was featured as one of Southwest Art Magazine's “Artists to Watch” in May 2012.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter=day Saints.