Hyper-realistic oil paintings submerge ethereal figures in water

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“Metal Reefs”

Ethereal women float on clear waters in Marissa Oosterleefascinating paintings. For years, the Dutch artist has been creating works inspired by the healing properties of water in a series titled Wash away my sorrows. In these paintings, female figures lay with their eyes closed, allowing their bodies to be gently enveloped by the still bodies of water.

Oosterlee finds real role models to showcase in her art, all of which inspire different interactions with natural environments. She brings the likeness of these women to life by carefully rendering them in layers of oil paint. Some of these figures glide through the shallow waters, dressed in romantic costumes, while others have their heads turned to the side, as if using the water as a pillow. Each, however, seems to share a connection to the ocean setting.

“The paintings in this series, all titled Wash away my sorrows, with different numbers and subtitles, are about ‘then, now and later,’” Oosterlee told My Modern Met. “Life without water is not possible. Water symbolizes purity, clarity and tranquility. It reminds us that we need to cleanse our thoughts from time to time and strive to achieve a state of purity. While it’s hard to distinguish whether the women are sleeping or simply in a moment of rest, their relaxed expressions indicate that they are at peace with their surroundings.

Scroll down to marvel at Oosterlee’s work. You can purchase original artwork and prints through her Online Store and stay up to date with her latest creations by following her on instagram.

Spanish artist Marissa Oosterlee creates stunning realistic portraits.

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Wash My Sorrows IV – Floating”

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Washing Away my Sorrows III – Vibhuti, a girl’s tale from India”

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Achelois – A Little Light in the Darkness”

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Sleeping Beauty”

She renders ethereal subjects half submerged underwater.

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Washing Away My Sorrows – BLM, Hawaii Edition”

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Washing Away My Sorrows – BLM edition, Ethiopia”

These works are part of a series entitled Wash away my sorrows.

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Erase My Sorrows – BLM Edition”

These women float above the water with quiet expressions.

Hyperrealistic paintings by Marissa Oosterlee

“Trapping”

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