Just recently it occurred to me that the highlight of my (admittedly short) artistic career has never been mentioned on my website. It's an anomaly among my work, as everything up to and since the piece in question has been made of beads.
When I first began speaking to my representative at Turner Fine Arts last year, he was keen for me to try working in other mediums. My bead pictures are essentially mosaics, and he was interested in seeing if I could apply my experience to larger materials. With an open mind, I agreed, and got to work! I made a black and white design of John Lennon's face and used 1cmx1cm glass tiles for the mosaic. John Lennon wouldn't have been my first choice of subject personally, but we decided on him for his marketable face, and I didn't really mind as it was my first foray into a new field.
This was easily the biggest artwork I'd ever made, and dominated the floor of my games room for a few months.
With a finished size of about 5 feet high, after 26 hours of work the finished result was this:
After framing, the mosaic was put on display in Artifex gallery in Birmingham. Seeing it on display amongst other impressive works of art was really fulfilling, and I have to say, all the repetitive work involved in making it was worth it in the end!
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.