Jessica Hess’s Realistic Paintings of Urban Landscapes

Bright, bold and always colorful, Jessica Hess‘s photorealistic urban landscape paintings say a lot about how we feel when we look at graffiti art. Constantly at war with each other, graffiti artists and the high brow art sect can’t seem to get along. Does graffiti art belong in an art gallery? Should graffiti on the street be treated as legitimate art? Thankfully, Hess’s work destroys that conversation, elevating the art of graffiti through simple landscape portraits that bring the art of the streets into the galleries. Her work is like a 2-for-1 deal, capturing the elusive world of urban art and bringing it to a larger audience. Because let’s be real: when is the next time you’re planning to visit Detroit?