Charming portraits shaded with obsolete film negatives

Charming portraits shaded with obsolete film negatives

British artist Nick Gentry uses old film negatives as the canvas for his portraits set on stark white backgrounds. The subtle shading in the film is used as the basic face-shadows and then more specific features like the eyes, mouth and nose are painted on.

Gentry’s portraits are surprisingly realistic considering the appropriated and broken up nature of the film. This work stays true to the artist’s mission of giving new life to obsolete media (in the past he painted on floppy disks). These new works are apart of Gentry’s exhibition titled ‘Synthetic Dreams’ at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Mami.

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