These Miniature Paintings Give a Hyperrealistic Glimpse into Small-Town America

Rod Penner at the Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery New York

It’s not often that a 6-inch by 6-inch piece of art will make you stop in your tracks and inch closer for a deeper look. Rod Penner‘s miniature paintings of small-town America however, will make you stop and stare for a long, long time.

As you can see in the photo above, Penner’s paintings occupy little space on a wall yet they command big attention. This is because of their hyperrealistic quality that makes it hard to believe they’re paintings and not 35-millimeter film prints.

Penner likes to paint unassuming places throughout Texas, often focusing on “common objects or buildings that are so familiar they’ve become invisible,” he told Co.Design by Fast Company. Because of the tiny size of his paintings, Penner forces viewers to examine his work close-up, sparking intimate relationships between viewers and places they never would have noticed on their own.

Gas by Rod Penner

Blue Bonnet Dusk by Rod Penner

Day Dalhart Texas by Rod Penner

Pray for Rain by Rod Penner

Hilltop Laundry by Rod Penner

Allsup's by Rod Penner

For more of Penner’s work, visit his website.

Images via Ameringer McEnery Yohe Gallery

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