Big cats come to life in hyper-realistic acrylic paintings
Although you can rarely encounter a big cat in real life, lions, tigers and leopards seem to emerge from the webs of Nick Sider. The New York-based artist creates large-scale depictions of big cats that look like close-up photographs. Thanks to many hours of work, he renders all his subjects in hyper-realistic detail.
Originally from Canada, Sider only started painting at the age of 25. After moving to New York, he began to gain recognition for his spectacular acrylic pieces celebrating wildlife. Although he painted a variety of different animals, big cats have been his muse since childhood, to which he returns time and time again.
Sider wants his paintings to “extend beyond what a photograph could ever capture”. Thus, in addition to using realism, he embellishes each portrait with an intimate vision of the animal. These paintings of cats are treated as portraits of human beings with emphasis on their eyes and expression. “My favorite moment while painting is when a subject on my canvas starts to come to life”, Sider said.
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New York artist Nick Sider creates hyper-realistic paintings of big cats.
It renders tigers, lions, leopards and more with exquisite detail.
The great creatures come to life on the canvases.
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