By EDDIE WRENN
At first glance, you think you are seeing a photo.
But peer closer and maybe - just maybe - you can see the paint-strokes that belie the fact that these are actually hyper-realistic paintings.
Each exquisitely detailed piece of work shows naked subjects wrapped in plastic foil - meaning Australian artist Robin Eley must pay close detail to each fold, each reflection, and the changing tones between plastic and flesh.
It takes many many hours for Eley to produce a portrait, with his largest works taking five weeks apiece - working 90 hours per week.
Born in London in 1978, but raised in Australia from the age of three, the artist has been exhibited in London and New York, among others, and he has been both a runner-up and highly-recommended in the Australian Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.
Moving from commercial illustrations to portrait work a few years ago, one of his key themes is isolation, and he recently said: 'I was really thinking, getting down to the heart of what it was I wanted to say before recreating and re-imagining things that made me feel something.'
Robin added: 'One of those things was the way we are experiencing isolation in the modern world.
'I'm the son of a parents who met in an overseas country neither was from.
'Mum was from China and had moved to London, isolated from her friends and family. Dad was from Adelaide. Today the isolation is different from theirs.
'We are so connected we don’t even need to connect. Modern isolation is the technology we have actively embraced.
'We are all on Facebook where we don’t have to ask our friends how they’re going because we can see what they’re doing.'
Cellophane is his medium for this - it is something you can see through but not feel through.
He said: 'It is a seductive existence where quantity trumps quality, where a smile is supplanted by a like button, and the accumulation of friends seems more important than our interactions with them.'