Iconic Photo of Artist Frida Kahlo Is Recreated Entirely From Colorful Pebbles

Frida Kahlo Portrait Made of Pebbles by Justin Bateman

In the hands of Justin Bateman, colorful rocks can be arranged into just about anything. The British artist specializes in arranging pebbles to create temporary works of art based on art history and real life. One of his latest installations brings to life an iconic portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo using hundreds of similarly-sized stones.

From afar, this exquisite mosaic has the same effect that some modern works of art have—appearing more realistic at a distance and more impressionist when viewed up close. In a recent piece, Bateman places numerous rocks of various hues in key places to slowly model the face of Frida Kahlo. He assigns darker stones to key areas like the hair, clothing, and under the nose, and lighter stones to areas where the light hits, such as the forehead and chin.

While some of Bateman's previous works used larger stones, in this piece, he relies on much finer pebbles. This smaller medium helps him model Frida's face with more precision. Additionally, the artist makes sure to use more rocks of comparable size and hue to fill in the background of this portrait. In this way, when the rocks transition from the finer, golden tones to the large and more uneven texture of the other rocks on the ground, it mimics the presentation of a painting matted within a frame.

You can learn more about Bateman's practice by visiting his website and keep up to date with his latest creations by following the artist on Instagram.

UK-based artist Justin Bateman's latest pebble creation is a portrait of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo Portrait Made of Pebbles by Justin Bateman

He creates these amazing “temporary” artworks by arranging colorful pebbles.

Pebble Portraits by Justin Bateman

Pebble Portraits by Justin Bateman

Pebble Portraits by Justin Bateman

Justin Bateman: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Justin Bateman.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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