At first, these pixelated artworks seem computer generated. In fact, they are actually handcrafted pieces created by San Francisco-based visual artist Peter Combe. Each work involves meticulously arranged paint swatches organized into detailed portraits.
In his work, the artist plays with light and space. He layers the colorful swatches together to build the illusion of images that appear to move and change depending on the viewer’s perspective. From a distance, male faces stare out at the viewer while, upon closer inspection, the amazing details reveal themselves in the form of a cascade of rounded paint chips.
“These artworks transform and change subtly as the viewer shifts from his/her vantage point,” explains Combe. “There is a magic that occurs, a trick of the eye where color seems to occupy space–a void–at once ethereal, yet seen from another angle the whole appears as if a ghostly image, veiled in gossamer.”