Richard Estes and the Hyper-Real

In early design conversations, the Dry Land team has been looking at the work of Richard Estes, a 20th century painter famous for his photo-realist work. We are interested in using the design to create a space that feels cold and clinical, and some of the spaces in these paintings do a great job capturing that feeling.

The hyper-realist style also makes everything feel heightened. Even though the images look almost like photographs, the colors are deeper, the light and reflection is brighter, and the shadows are darker than they would actually be in real life. That heightening parallels how teenagers experience the world, and can make the viewer of the painting a little unsettled.

Which of these images resonates most with you?