Artist Creates Iconic Masterpieces with Garbage

© Bernard Pras

Imagine a world in which the manufacturing of all things new just stopped. We'd be forced to rely on the inconceivably vast amount of objects and detritus that we've already created. Reuse and recycling would become the only way to make things - it would usher in a whole new way of thinking, creating, and living.

But not for French artist, Bernard Pras, the man who turns trash into masterpieces. As is, he requires no freshly minted media. Who needs art supplies when you have such an extraordinary wealth of colorful rubbish from which to employ?

Working from photographs to recreate, from discarded debris, his iconic images -- classic paintings, pop star portraits, famed movie stills -- he calls his work 'anamorphosis.' Typically defined as an image that appears distorted unless it is viewed from a specific angle or with a special instrument, anamorphosis surely can be applied to his creations, both literally and metaphorically.

That the 60-year old spent his early childhood in a toy store is evident in the imaginative and playful nature of his work, that he has spent decades as a painter and sculptor is evident in the amazing way he puts his media to work with such dazzling results.

© Bernard Pras

© Bernard Pras

© Bernard Pras

© Bernard Pras

© Bernard Pras

For more, visit the website of the artist.

Tags: Artists | Recycling | Reusability | Waste