Oil Paintings That Mimic Long-Exposure Night Photos

Alexandra Pacula paints beautiful oil paintings of cities at night that look like blurry, long-exposure photographs.

Pacula tells us,

My work investigates a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife. I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.

To see more of her work, check out her website here.

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Image credits: Photographs by Alexandra Pacula and used with permission

  • Maarten in ‘t Groen

    They shoud use a tripod next time…

    (sorry, I just had to write that ;))

    Very cool if you can do that by painting, respect!

  • Anonymous

    No one would buy the photographs, but an oil painting is a different story altogether. Love how art works.

  • Dominick Delli Paoli

    Something seems fishy about the painting – is she painting this from scratch or copying an existing image?

  • Barbu

    Lemme quote:
    „The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.”
    As an exercise for you, complete the next sentence:
    „That’s so full of …”
    (nope, the word I’m looking for isn’t from a space odyssey)

  • Robert Pockmire

    I used this technique in art school back in the 70’s with a motionless race car and the background in motion as if the car was racing by it.

  • Tyler Webb

    Same could be said about some paintings that were done as photographs.

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  • art critic

    Beautiful work! I saw these in a show recently and was blown away! I loved the texture and rich color and the way they intimated motion through the direction of the brush stroke. Definitely takes the photo as a starting point and makes art from there, I think the guys saying this is the same as the photo have most likely never seen them in person. Good stuff.

  • Leo

    Wow.. those are Gorgeous

  • Tamsinstead

    very nice but soulless. like every painting ‘from photos’.

  • Oil Paintings

    Great artwork love the colors.

  • Oil Paintings

    Coooool! It’s really attractive! :)