Image Within Image
Nick Gentry paints portraits on strips of film negatives
British Artist Nick Gentry is widely known for his repurposing of artifacts and old materials to make his artwork. He recently created a series of portraits by painting on cut film negatives. Strips of negatives are cleverly pieced together such that the combinations create shading for the face being painted. The outline is then painted on top of the combined pieces of negatives. Even though he paints over the negatives, the stills within each strip are still visible, adding texture and “life” to the painting. It can be interpreted as the subject being literally and figuratively comprised of his or her memories and stories. Gentry’s work is largely influenced by themes such as the development of consumerism, technology, identity and cyber culture in society, with a distinctive focus on obsolete media. He is also widely known for his paintings on old floppy disk. Visit Nick Gentry’s Website to see more of his artwork.