Acrylic painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front
30 " h x 30 " w x 1.5 " d |5 lbs. 0 oz.
"This piece was done with the idea of a baseball being thrown directly at the viewer," says Stephen Capogna. To create the painting, Stephen captured video footage of a baseball being thrown at a camera. He used four still images from the video as reference to give the illusion of movement. Stephen explains that "The stitching on the baseball became an important component to the painting." The piece was done entirely with airbrush and templates.
In a striking example of hyperrealism, Stephen Capogna’s body of work manages to capture the essence of macro photography in highly detailed acrylic paintings. Stephen’s inspiration initially came from golf courses near his home. The work focuses on the minute details of sporting goods, from the lightly scratched dimples on a golf ball to the individual fibers on a tennis ball. He works exclusively from his own photographs using an innovative airbrushing technique. Stephen utilizes a large spray gun at the beginning of a painting for color application in large areas. He then wields a small airbrush for the finer details, using templates hand-cut from mylar to create edges and shapes. “One of the biggest defining moments for me was incorporating the airbrush into my process of painting,” Stephen says. “Because I am limited somewhat with studio time, the airbrush allowed me to move much quicker.