Artist Recreates Famous Faces From Shakespeare to David Bowie in Mosaic-Style Masterpieces Using Only Pebbles
LAPIERRE me! An artist recreates famous faces from Shakespeare to David Bowie using nothing but pebbles.
Art lecturer Justin Bateman, 46, from Portsmouth, Hants, has made 60 mosaic-style masterpieces.
He has depicted figures as diverse as Cupid and Robert De Niro, ranging in size from one square meter to eight.
Each face can take up to five weeks at a time and it works primarily in the UK and Thailand.
Currently in Thailand, Bateman said: “The location is quite opportunistic – if I find a reasonably flat location with rocks nearby, I save it to my Google maps.
“I also bury rocks in places I will revisit, marking their color palette on my map as a reserve for future use – much like a squirrel with its acorns.
“I’m a minimalist, so having a ready-made canvas, easel and palette on the floor is really helpful.
“They are extremely time consuming. They vary enormously… It really depends on the degree of cooperation of the stones.
“For a little one, selecting the location and collecting the stones takes a few days.
“If the piece works easily, it will take between three and twelve days to create. Larger pieces can take four or five weeks.
“Once the subject becomes known, my attention begins to filter the world based on stone type/color/size, locations, weather/light conditions and access.
“If these elements line up, I’ll start collecting stones. Once I have enough stones to complete my subject’s eyes, I perform an experiment to see if the piece will work.
“If the eyes don’t work, I reconsider the items or drop the piece.
“Most people are very surprised to see my work. Some appreciate that it references traditional art forms with a more contemporary approach, some because it celebrates the possibility of the everyday and others because of the aesthetic.