Zaria Forman’s Hyperrealistic Icy Landscapes

How many shades of blue are there? Judging by Zaria Forman’s hyperrealistic paintings, too many to count. Focusing mainly on icebergs as they converge with oceans, her landscapes document the jarring effects of climate change.

“I hope my drawings can facilitate a deeper understanding of the climate crisis, helping us find meaning and optimism in shifting landscapes,” Forman shared with ArtStar. “I hope they can serve as records of landscapes in flux, documenting the transition, and inspiring our global community to take action for the future.”

Her paintings, made using pastel colors almost exclusively, very much rely on her observations. Traveling to remote regions of the world, Forman collects images and inspiration which she then takes back to Brooklyn.

Her project took her around the globe, and she has even flown with NASA on several Operation IceBridge missions over Antarctica, Greenland, and Arctic Canada. “In all my travels I have never experienced a landscape as epic and pristine as Antarctica,” she says. “I still haven’t found the words to properly convey the majesty and ethereal wonder of that icy continent!”

Exhibited worldwide, her work is also featured in publications like The New York TimesNational Geographic, and The Wall Street Journal. Scroll down to see some of her paintings.