Artist Eric Daigh Sticks It To Us With His Pushpin Portraits
Born in California and now residing in Northern Michigan, 33 year old husband, father and artist Eric Daigh creates portraits by putting ordinary pushpins in posterboard. Daigh uses blue, red, white, yellow and black push pins (he sprays green pushpins black since there are no black pushpins) to create his masterpieces. Each portrait requires about 11,000 pushpins which Daigh applies by one at a time.
above: Eric and his wife Meghan, whose portrait he's created with pushpins four times.
His work took third place (and $50,000) in the Grand Rapids, Michigan 2009 ArtPrize Exhibition, has been featured on CBS this morning, was in the 2009 Communication Arts Illustration Annual and he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest pushpin mural.
Chloe and Casey:
Austin II and Cory:
Jaia and Kimberly:
Potraits of Meghan, the artists' wife
Now, close-ups of each of the above portraits of Meghan.
Self Portrait I and Self-portrait II:
The work as it appeared at Art Prize, 2009:
above: the artist in front of his work (photo by T.J. Hamilton)
A special thanks to the following folks on flickr for additional images:
Other artwork made with unusual mediums:
Frederico Uribe's shoelace, pencil and kicks art
The assemblage work of Bernard Pras
Portraits made of diamonds, sapphires and other gemstones:
The crayon and paper art of Christian Faur: