These portraits made of #Lego are strangely compelling

Ana, David Bullock, Lego, 2014
Ana, David Bullock, Lego, 2014

Waking the streets of beautiful Bath on a family outing, we stepped from the sunlit streets into the Victoria Art Gallery where the Bath Society of Artists were holding their 109th Annual Exhibition.

The walls were packed with art, sometimes three works high, like some great Victorian parlour. There were some expected works but the stand outs for me were these simple works by David Bullock. The pixellation caused by the Lego puts a veil of anonymity on the works, which forces you to try to see through the portraits.

I love the effect and the colours but it’s also inspired me for my portrait series in collage to experiment with image pixellation using paper.

Self portrait, David Bullock, Lego, 2014
Self portrait, David Bullock, Lego, 2014

While these were the most compelling pieces for me, there were also great works in oil, like this beautiful dog by Sally Muir.

Dog, Sally Muir, Oil on canvas, 2014
Dog, Sally Muir, Oil on canvas, 2014

Later on the streets, I came across this landscape in a gallery window. I couldn’t find out who painted it, but I liked the use of the black outline on the landscape features and thought this could be a technique I could use to better define some of the shape in my collage, to help breakup the textures.

Which is your favourite? Are there other techniques you think could be introduced to the world of collage? I’d love to know what you think and what works for you.

Landscape from Bath Gallery

2 thoughts on “These portraits made of #Lego are strangely compelling

  1. Thanks David, I really like your work and I know personally I can get jaded with my work and not know where it’s going sometimes. If you’re still doing stuff, I’d love to see where you’ve taken it.

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  2. Hi Ray, I’m delighted to have made it into your blog. I was very touched by your flattering praise of my Lego portraits. I have since become a little disenchanted by them (which is another story) but you have reminded me why I did them in the first place.

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