Portraits of portraits

The self-titled show features a series of large-scale paintings by Kim Dong Yoo that, from afar, depict a single grand portrait of notables from John F. Kennedy to Michael Jackson. Upon closer inspection, however, one realizes that the work is actually comprised of hundreds of smaller portraits of other, connected figures from Marilyn Monroe to Madonna. […]
Perhaps even more surprising than the dueling portraits, however, is the process behind each piece. While the look is decidedly digital, the work itself is absolutely man-made. Kim Dong Yoo begins each labor-intensive piece by drawing a grid, hanging a tiny photo for reference by his canvas. He then hand paints every tiny portrait—no stencils, stamps or computers involved.

 

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Marylin Monroe & John F. Kennedy

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James Dean & Liz Taylor

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Buddha for peace

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Maria

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Albert Einstein & Marylin Monroe

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Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck

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Queen Elisabeth II & Lady Diana

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Marylin Monroe & Einstein, Mao, JFK, Clark