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One of Frida's self-portrait recreated on a vintage typewriter

29 January 2023

The UK-based artist James Cook uses his collection of vintage typewriters to produce unique works of art composed entirely of letters and symbols found on the keyboard. 

Recently, he has used this imaginative method to transform some of the most well-known paintings in the history of art into eccentric typewriter art.

Cook renders the design using a combination of characters, just like in his other works, which range from minute portraits to expansive cityscapes. You can locate words or phrases that are specific to each of these historical-inspired works. For instance, the phrases "pearl," "earring," and "girl" are repeated across the paper in the replica of Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring.

Cook will first include a carefully thought-out array of different symbols to portray the contour of the head and the details of the face, for example, while the comprehensible speech serves as the image's background.

This frequently entails using numerous text layers to create a clear contrast between bright and dark, which enhances the realism of the composition.

In the Frida Kahlo's self-portrait he makes repeated references to the title of the artwork and the creator. Cook even uses crimson ink in the Frida Kahlo piece to accentuate the design and pay homage to the original picture.

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