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Anamorphic Portraits by Bernard Pras

by TonyBerkman (editor), Costa Rica, April 23, 2013

Credit: Bernard Pras
Video of Pras creating his latest piece of art, a portrait of Sotigui Kouyate
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French artist Bernard Pras creates incredible art by taking ordinary objects like toys, tools, pieces of rubber, metal, or whatever else he finds and turns them into larger than life portraits.

Bernard Pras creates mind blowing pieces of art. He takes ordinary, everyday objects such as clothes, toys, tools, pieces of rubber, or whatever else he can think of and puts them together to create portraits.

These are far from ordinary portraits. Pras works in the sphere of anamorphosis. That's where a distorted projection has to be viewed from a specific vantage point or in a particular way to reconstitute the intended image. "Leonardo's Eye (Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1485) is the earliest known definitive example of perspective anamorphosis in modern times," according to Wikipedia - since I had to look up what anamorphic means.

So when viewed close up Pras' art looks like a pile of junk (that's being kind). However when you look at his work from a particular angle and/or distance, his stunningly beautiful work is revealed.

Pras studied fine arts in Toulouse, France and after painting for 20 years, in 1997 he was "drawn" (pun intended) to this new way of artistic expression. Starting with a drawing, he finds irregular objects, based on their colors, shapes, and textures. He then assembles them, all while observing his work's progress through his camera.

His anamorphic collages are massive and can take up entire rooms. His latest piece is a portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté. Watch the video to see how this incredible portrait comes together. Pras is currently on show at MazelGalerie in Brussels, Belgium and you can see more of his work at http://bernardpras.fr/.



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By rdokoye on January 18, 2014 at 05:20 pm

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By jack90 on April 18, 2014 at 02:57 am

French artist Bernard Pras works almost entirely within the realm of assemblage and anamorposis, a visual illusion where a distorted projection often made from paint or a collection or objects must be viewed from a specific vantage point to reconstitute the intended image. His latest piece, a portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyate, is comprised of numerous objects including clothes, paint, wood, rubber, and other objects found or scavenged around the installation site.

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By jack90 on July 21, 2014 at 02:09 am

A portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person.

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