Realistic Portraits Made From Paint Chips by Peter Combe

Realistic Portraits Made From Paint Chips

I encourage you to step back from your computer, tablet, ipad or phone to get the full effect of these pieces, oh and possibly do a double take while your at it. That is the first reaction one might have to San Francisco-based artist and photographer Peter Combe‘s art pieces. His three dimensional works are the recreation of a photographs using hundreds, if even thousands of collaged paint chips inserted into a surface.

Most of these works are produced from found paint swatches, which are then either shredded, or in this case hand punched. When viewed at different vantage points, as you can see below, the hues subtly shift due to the reflecting colors of other chips on top of one another.

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“There is a magic that occurs, a trick of the eye that keeps me experimenting with a broad spectrum of hues that these appropriated samplings of color afford.” — Peter Combe

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Below you can see how the pieces change as you shift vantage points. From one angle the picture may appear as if losing its color, but then looking at it from an opposing angle the paint chip photograph becomes saturated and rich with colors.

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via Submission, Flickr

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