I am a 23 year old Fine Artist working out of my Studio in London.
My work at the moment is high-realism in portraiture. I do not believe there is any dichotomy present in the idea that an almost perfect rendition of the human form; can also be intensely expressive. Expression in painting - for me at least - comes from the deeply individual and selective nature the Artist's voice carries.
Where I choose to apply paint thickly or turn form using a particular hue, are as intrinsic to the expressive nature of painting as the selection of a particular word is to a poet. To extend the metaphor; as in poetry, it is not the correct selection of words, as much as it is their ability to co-exist harmoniously with both a semblance of reality and the artists sentiments on the world - or in my case - the sitter present.
For this reason - and because they tend to imbibe a rather redundant sense of purpose which is far from accurate - I tend to shy away from labels such as photo realism or hyper-realism.