I saw that picture, was confused and wasn't sure, if this was a photorealistic painting or just a photo, because... fuck, it's deviantart...! I zoomed in and was convinced it would be a photo. Then I read one comment (once again confused), looked at the describtion and... was. just. thrilled! I mean... you can see every very thin little hair on the boys skin, it's unbeliveable!
It's the second work of yours that reminds me old victorian Memento Mori photos. Don't know why. In this one, probably has to do with the fixed eyes, the skin tone and generally the lack of life/movement. The child is "arranged" or, at least, gives that impression. Well, anyway, I just love it
It's Gottfried Helnwein, how the balls does it go unnoticed. He photographed one of my favorite musicians (Manson) and that's how I discovered him. Now I didn't know he painted like this, or I would've been raving about him long before now. <3
So as it turns out I should have done a little more research lets just cool it However I stand by the fact that plenty of unknown artists are out there with much better work than what you currently see at the top of the front page these days.