We have all delighted ourselves by arranging pebbles in patterns on the ground in our childhood days. Although it used to be just a passing fad for most, for Justin Bateman it became a passion. This British artist honed his skills in this form of art and is today regaling the viewers with his stunningly beautiful pebble art.
Bateman arranges differently colored pebbles of various sizes to create works of art that not only encompass real-life but art history too. For instance, he recently recreated the iconic portrait of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist, using hundreds of similarly sized stones of various hues. His immaculate placement of both light and dark-colored pebbles brought out the likeness of Kahlo’s face. Viewed from a distance this work appears more realistic and see from up close, it seems more impressionist.
The Design magazine terms this Chiang Mai, Thailand-based artist as ‘Pebble Picasso’ and rightly so. He painstakingly uses pebbles of the right colors and sizes to create stone mosaics that include the likes of Sri Ramana Maharishi, Raphael’s ‘Cherub’, Mona Lisa, and many others. He not only pays attention to the portrait per se but also to the background. This brings his creations to life.
What is most surprising is the impermanence of his works. Bateman knows that his perfect portraits will get wiped out in time, so he records his artworks by clicking them with his smartphone. He then posts them on social media. Little wonder people are waking up to his incredible art on social media platforms.
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