Painter’s picture perfect portaits

An artist’s giant portaits are so stunningly accurate that they are often mistaken for photographs.

Craig Wylie spends up to three months on the works which capture the tiniest details, from dimples to wrinkles around the eyes.

Using just pencils, oil paints and charcoal, he creates his works of art on large canvasses – the largest he has done measured 6.5ft by 9.8ft.

Mr Wylie, 39, who was born in Zimbabwe but lives in London, has been making his huge portraits for six years and many of his subjects are friends.

He works from images on his laptop screen and he says the ability to zoom in to extreme close-ups of the images is crucial.

Mr Wylie got the chance to paint double gold Olympic medallist Dame Kelly Holmes after winning the BP Portrait Prize.

“I admit I’m not a great flatterer when it comes to portraits, but Dame Kelly did thank me for doing a good job,” he said.

He is now looking forward to his next solo exhibition which will be held at the Plus One Gallery in Chelsea, London from early April.

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