The Superhuman Photorealism of Painter Ben Johnson

The artist Ben Johnson has painted every building on the Liverpool skyline in one picture. He painted all 30,000 tiles of the Dome of the Rock, each with seven layers of paint. And he’s spent the equivalent of 17 years on one artwork.

With dedication, concentration, and a self-admitted obsession with perfection and hard work, British painter Ben Johnson creates detailed photorealistic paintings of architecture and cityscapes that require an enormous amount of effort and time to complete.

Room of the Niobids II
Acrylic on canvas
71 x 98 in / 180 x 252 cm.

Reflections on Past and Present, Paris
Acrylic on canvas
100x80in / 254x203cm.

Through Marble Halls
Acrylic on canvas
55x72in / 139x183cm.

Three Moments of Illumination
Acrylic on canvas, triptych
108x170in / 2740x4320cm.

The Rookery, Chicago
Acrylic on canvas
91x91in / 231x231cm.

Looking Back to Richmond House (progress)

British Museum Great Court
Acrylic on linen
59x79in / 150x200cm

The Inner Space
Acrylic on linen
40 x 60 in / 102 x 152 cm.

Room of the Revolutionary (progress)
Acrylic on canvas
89 x 59 in / 225 x 150 cm.

Approaching the Mirador
Acrylic on canvas
89 x 59 in / 225 x 150 cm.

Patio de los Arrayanes
Acrylic on canvas
220 x 220 cm.

Ben Johnson