By Aliki Kraterou
An innovative artist has found a unique way to create paintings by injecting acrylic paint into bubble wrap.
Bradley Hart, 47, an Toronto native artist based in New York, US spends days loading the syringes with paint and then injects each cell of the bubble wrap, creating amazing photorealistic images.
He then peels away the excess paint from the back sheet creating an impressed, flowing abstract version of the project- his artwork varies from recreation of a famous painting to Marilyn Monroe’s iconic portrait and his personal memories.
Bradley got the idea after his first solo art exhibition in New York, after spotting a roll of left over bubble wrap in his studio.
The dad of one, says that the bubble wrap represents the pixels of the digital photos and jokes that his ‘ pixels will stay forever’.
Bradley said: “My idea came from a combination of some left over bubble wrap in my studio and some overzealous security guards who would remind people not to touch art even when they weren’t even close.
“I was looking at the roll of bubble wrap, sitting there exposing itself, showing its bubbles- and all of a sudden I had the ‘aha’ moment.
“It just made sense to me, everyone wants to touch bubble art- it is a project constantly playing with your emotions.
“First thing you do as an artist is to research the material and as weird as it might sound I researched bubble wrap.
“It was the perfect medium, its plastic it produces pixels, it is mass manufactured and while the original idea of using it as wall covering failed, it became the medium for my conversation.
“I found it was meant to be used as a wall coverer and then I started contemplating the idea of what is a painting.
“In our time many of our memories are digital photographs but my pixels will last forever. “
It takes Bradley three to four days to load 1500- 2000 plus syringes, another day prepare the canvas and stretch it and each project takes about a month to complete.
He adds: “When other people see my work, they are very pleasantly overwhelmed.
“When people see my work online they can’t believe it is injected bubble wrap but when they see it in real life, they say it’s better than what they had imagined.
“My work sparks the conversation of how art is perceived online.”