at first glance one might be fooled by looking at the work of Ruud van Empel, but you quickly realise that you’re not faced with reality… is it photo? a painting? neither, really. the Dutch artist creates photorealistic digital montages by combining hundreds of his own images. Van Empel tried his hand at painting, but did not possess ‘the craftmanship to create realistic painting’ – which is what lead him to digital photographic manipulation.

Ruud van Empel creates striking large-format photomontages – collages of hundreds of photographs, combined to form one photorealistic image. The process takes many weeks and originates with a single idea. Van Empel first takes photographs of models and various settings, then merges them with images from a large database of pictures he has compiled over time, gradually developing a single image. The resulting picture is extremely high resolution, allowing him to obtain large-format prints of extraordinary quality and detail. – Collect Contemporary Photography

he “constructs worlds that cannot exist in reality, but are so sharply focused that we are immediately drawn into them” * …i really love his World series, which has been ongoing since 2005.  what i would give to see one in person! (or have a piece grace my walls)


  1. Barbara Rogers Reply

    I have been looking at you artwork all day, I saw a print or painting on facebook and have
    since made it the wallpaper on my iphone. Your work is almost inconceivable to the human
    eye, I did not know what to make of it at first and then when I read up on what you do I was
    even more amazed. I would love to know what the cost of the 3 boys in the water is a print
    would look grand on my wall and what a conversation piece it will make.

    All I can say is that you are BRILLANT.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift with the world.


    Barbara Rogers

    • Barbara, this is not my work. please follow the link to the artist’s page for more information.

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