03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fauxvism: Landscape Paintings From Video Games

Fauxvism- Landscape Paintings From Video Games

Artist James Barnett has created a series of well-executed "fauxvist" oil paintings (from the French fauvist) that look like something you might encounter in any fine gallery. The subtle difference is that his landscape paintings are of imaginary scenes found in 3D video games.

Barnett explains:

These aren't from screenshots I found online; I navigated around inside of each of the games until I found a composition I liked, and then made a painting of it. I certainly spend more time in games than wandering the idyllic countryside. There's a whole spiel behind this, starting from frustration at 3D games slavishly imitating real life (though this has been lessened thanks to Braid and others), but really, artists should shut up and make pictures. Just think of me with my blue smock, sun hat, and luxurious beard in front of an easel on a hill in Fallout 3.

[via Clive Thompson]