We collect art that speaks of human-to-human connection.
From birth, humans are wired to observe the micro-expressions in other people’s faces to read their thoughts and emotions—sadness lurking behind a brave smile, for instance. Besides self-awareness, this understanding of others is key to human-to-human connections.
Our thesis is that only artists with sharp observation, a keen understanding of human nature, and superb painting skill can notice, process, and express the micro-expressions of their subjects.
Capturing micro-expression requires the highest level of technical skill, but also a still mind, and freedom from time pressure.
This is why our collection supports artists of proven technical skill and gives them the financial means, time, and mental space to create deeply meaningful works that capture all it means to be human.
How does a super-realistic oil painting differ from a megapixel photograph?
For starters, the point is not the sharpness of the image. The 5 million cone receptors for color vision and 100 million rods for monochrome detection in the human eye make for a resolution of at least 576 megapixels of vision, which sounds like a lot but is far less than many advanced devices.
More importantly, since our eyes constantly flick around and our brain stitches the received stimuli together into images, the human eye works very differently from a still camera—perhaps comparable to a panorama-generating software, but on a much more sophisticated and complex level, with all the pros and cons that come with that.
In terms of still-shot sharpness, the human eye only has a resolution of about 7 megapixels: our eyes cannot distinguish between a 300dpi and a 150dpi photo when printed at “6×4″ and viewed at arm’s length.
Therefore, when viewing the world, many other physiological and neurological factors play a role in, say, accurately reading a face in real life, and next in committing that face to a canvas, and then again in the viewer reading it.
Anyone that has seen a super-realistic painting up close, will have felt the difference from a photo. The energy and the emotional impact are incomparable and can move the viewer deeply.