Quick quiz, is the image below a photo or a painting?
Answer after the jump.
Ok, as you probably guessed from the title of the post, it's a painting. Justin Allen's artwork has a strange interior-design aesthetic (reminds me of some friend's basements I spent time in during the 1980s), but his attention to detail is remarkable, and the realism in these pieces is quite mind-boggling:
This rifle-lamp could easily go in an exposed-brick loft somewhere:
What do you think? Tad too much irony in those brushstrokes, or does it strke the right balance?