Realf Heygate’s practice combines painting with 3D scanning, taking artefacts through varied modes of reproduction, with an aim to explore the archaeology of the object's image rather than solely the object itself. This process allows Heygate to access beyond the visible surface and probe an artefact's shifting status between de-materialisation and re-materialisation. Known for his application of modern technology to conventional painting practices, and in alignment with the traditions of tromp l’oeil, Heygate produces artworks both in digital form and on canvas as a means to challenge authenticity of image.


Heygate graduated from Central St Martins (2017) and lives and works in London, UK