The hyper-realistic oil paintings of Agnieszka Nienartowicz

Polish artist Agnieszka Nienartowicz uses oil paints to create stunningly realistic portraits of women. But these aren’t just any women, these are women with elaborate tattoos. Draped across their backs are incredibly detailed compositions inspired by classical art. From Hieronymus Bosch to Guido Reni, the Old Masters are seeing their masterpieces interpreted in new and contemporary ways.

We discovered Nienartowicz’s work several years ago, when she used the Garden of Earthly Delights as inspiration for an elegant oil painting. At the time, she had recently graduated from art school and was promising immense promise. Over time, she has more than delivered on that promise, and year after year her paintings continue to inspire admiration and make a strong impression. Each piece is imbued with a strong sense of spirituality that reflects Nienartowicz’s own sensibilities.

By permanently adorning these women with such historical and religious imagery, an emotional charge is brought to the paintings. In this way, Nienartowicz is able to use the weight of historical art while bringing it into the 21st century. And by delving into the detail of each canvas, there is a new appreciation for the artist’s ability to paint skillfully in a classical manner. With barely perceptible brushstrokes, she faithfully renders the classic composition, and this, on a miniature scale.

This miniaturism contrasts with his ability to create the human form and clothing in a remarkably realistic manner. Thus, each canvas is a masterclass in oil painting. By combining technical skill and emotional impact, she pushes the boundaries of what can be expected of contemporary art. Although many often associate the contemporary with the abstract, Nienartowicz’s work proves that figurative oil painting can be just as avant-garde.

Agnieszka Nienartowicz is known for her detailed oil paintings of tattooed women.

Contemporary art based on Hieronymus Bosch

“Purple Ribbon” after Hieronymus Bosch

Spectacular tattoos are based on classic pieces of art.

Contemporary art based on Hieronymus Bosch

“Purple Ribbon” (detail) after Hieronymus Bosch

Contemporary art based on Hieronymus Bosch

“Purple Ribbon” (detail) after Hieronymus Bosch

The Polish artist paints in a hyper-realistic way imbued with emotion.

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The Unveiling”

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The Last Judgment” by Anton Möller

And often selects biblical scenes for his tattoos.

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“Tears of Mary Magdalene” by Guido Reni

Contemporary oil painting by Agnieszka Nienartowicz

“The Sheep of God” by Hans Memling

Careful attention to detail shows his high level of technical skill with oil painting.

Contemporary oil painting by Agnieszka Nienartowicz

“The Sheep of God” (detail) after Hans Memling

Hyperrealistic Oil Painting Tattoo

“The Fall of the Rebel Angels” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The Fall of the Rebel Angels” (detail) from Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The Last Judgment” (detail) from Anton Möller

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The tears of Mary Magdalene” (detail) after Guido Reni

Agnieszka Nienartowicz Oil Painting

“The Unveiling” (detail)

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