Would you believe us if we told you that art can be created from discarded old paintbrushes, blunt axes, rusted chains and old locks? If your answer is no, then you are in for a surprise.
Los Angeles based Alexandra Dillon is a surrealist. Her canvas? Things people throw away. Dillon creates art with worn out paint brushes, old locks, blunt axes and transforms them into beautiful portraits of imaginary people.
"My characters come to me the way [they do to] novelists. I never quite know who will show up," she says.
As most surrealists, she doesn’t start with a particular thought in her mind, things take shape in the process of painting. Her portraits are characters and they range from a mysterious lady to a shady man.
"I work on each piece over the course of several days. They often change and grow into themselves more fully. When I have found the emotion and personality of a character, I know I'm finished," Dillon says.
Dillon loves making these small portraits on discarded things. For her, it is like breathing new life into those old and worn out objects.
"It's like meeting a new friend every day. I get to paint faces and conjure the character in a way that is more fun than just working on a canvas," she explains.
Since the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, have a look at these surrealist masterpieces Dillon creates.
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