The Chav-ant Garde by Naive John

The finished painting. Chav-ant Garde c. Naive John
The finished painting. Chav-ant Garde c. Naive John
An example of the number 5 grey scale value
An example of the number 5 grey scale value

I’ve been meaning to write about this fantastic painting by Naive John since we saw the finished piece a couple of months ago. To appreciate the full effect you really need to see it both close up and from a distance of several metres where the otherwise pixelated background suddenly becomes clear. But I’m afraid very few people are likely to see it in the flesh as it was commissioned and is now in the owner’s collection in London. Let’s hope the patron lends it out for the occasional exhibition.

It’s a large painting about 2 metres square I think and the whole thing was painted using the tiniest of brushes over a period of around 18 months in John’s tiny studio in the Arena Studios in Parliament St, Liverpool.

Despite having a degree in computing I’m not sure I can fully grasp the complicated algorithms used to plan the work and achieve the amazing effect.

You can see more about this and Naive John’s other works on his new website: www.naivejohn.com

Rate of regularity that squares 1-33 occur in the painting represented as a bar graph of the grey scale.
Rate of regularity that squares 1-33 occur in the painting represented as a bar graph of the grey scale.
Underpainting stage
Underpainting stage
Detail
Detail
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