Charles Bierk is a photorealist currently living in Toronto.
His work includes large-scale portraits of his friends that you’d swear were actual photographs. They aren’t. Bierk has been painting since childhood and is the son of late painter David Bierk. Photorealism is one of my favourite branches of art. I’m engrossed by the detail and dedication to every stroke. The longer you look, the more photographic they appear.
My eyes refuse to believe they’re not photographs and that’s the beauty of Bierk’s work. It’s fair to say Canada knows a thing or two about great art.