Painting of various complete southwestern pottery vessels, and a broken shard of one, all seemingly floating weightless in an intentionally poorly defined space, all painted in a hyperrealist style, signed at lower right "Doyle" and dated 2005 with copyright symbol. A label on the reverse gives the artist's full name, Ed Doyle, the title, "The First Shard", and the original price, $1000. The oil on canvas on board measures 23 5/8" by 23 5/8" and 30" by 30" as framed. The artist was obviously highly skilled, though I have not found detailed biographical information. One must look close up indeed to see the brush strokes that, taken together, fool the eye. The handling of light, color and reflection is masterful. The most famous painter in this style might be William Acheff, the work of whom was likely familiar to our artist. Many others try to achieve this effect, but their skills fall short. This style of art is popular with collectors in Arizona, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest. Condition is excellent.
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