I stumbled upon these beautiful pieces by Andy Denzler today, and was particularly drawn to how he plays with photo realism and abstract expressionism. I love the haunted nature of his portraits, too.
On his bio page, his technique is described as “a wet-on-wet technique, and it is through this fluid physical process that he achieves filmic motion; the challenge is to accelerate and decelerate the consistency of the paint while working rapidly. Denzler incorporates sudden movements that generate moments of interruption, resulting in a rewardingly rich texture that protrudes out of and recedes into the image itself. He states that ‘what remains is a distorted moment – classically painted, oil on canvas – which, upon closer inspection is very abstract, but from a distance looks real.'”