Pop-culture icons in one-of-a-kind portraits by Craig Alan


Pop-culture icons in one-of-a-kind portraits by Craig Alan

When Craig Alan was a child, his parents had found out that he was pretty good at crayon-drawing on the walls. When he was 7, they discovered his exquisite love for details. And today, Craig Alan is a renown American painter, best-known for his Populus series of portraits that will blow your mind.

What is so curious about his art? Why are his portraits so unique? What is so appealing in his work?

When you look at these portraits from a distance, you see the familiar faces, as they depict Hollywood stars and pop-culture icons. You can instantly recognize Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, James Dean, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, and many others.

And when you take a closer look, well, that is where the magic happens. That is when you find out that these paintings are shaped out of hundreds of tiny human figures appearing in different forms and colors. Your eye then catches the tremendous amount of details well thought through, and you simply find yourself being amazed by the meaningful stories behind each of the portraits.

How did it all start?

Craig Alan used to take a lot of photographs looking through the window of his mother’s apartment. Once he captured a group of people standing on the beach nearby, only to discover later on that the group created a shape of an eye with their bodies. That was it. The idea was born. And he started experimenting.

“For me, there is nothing more satisfying than to be alone in the studio, experimenting with a material or something that I have never handled before, and then learning how it looks, how it moves, or what kind of light comes out of it. I have a very personal relationship with mediums, I like to experiment with mediums.”

Craig Alan

His one-of-a-kind portraits of iconic cultural figures are now widely popular. His artworks have been displayed in galleries across the U.S., Canada, England, Germany, and other countries.

Here, we present you part of Craig Alan’s Populus series, and if you desire for more of his art, take a look at his website Craig Alan Studio, and start following his profiles on Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks.

 

craig alan painting joker

Craig Alan painting Joker / Image source: Bored panda

joker painting detail 1

Joker, detail / Image source: Bored panda

joker and batman painting detail by craig alan

Joker, detail / Image source: Bored panda

Muhammad Ali portrait boxer

Muhammad Ali / Image source: Bored panda

Mohammad Ali details portrait craig alan

Muhammad Ali, detail / Image source: Bored panda

andy warhol portrait craig alan

Andy Warhol / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

Audrey Hepburn portrait by craig alan

Audrey Hepburn / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

Audrey Hepburn portrait populus series

Audrey Hepburn / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

martin lutjer king jr. mlk portrait

Martin Luther King Jr. / Image source: Bored panda

MLK portrait detail craig alan populus series

Martin Luther King Jr, detail / Image source: Bored panda

martin luther king portrait detail by craig alan

Martin Luther King Jr, detail / Image source: Bored panda

james dean portrait by craig alan

James Dean / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

john lennon portrait in populus series

John Lennon / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

nelson mandela by craig alan portrait

Nelson Mandela / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

pablo picasso in populus series

Pablo Picasso / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

pablo picasso portrait

Pablo Picasso / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

prince by craig alan portrait

Prince / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

mick jagger smiling portrait by craig alan

Mick Jagger / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

marilyn monroe portrait populus series

Marilyn Monroe / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

marilyn monroe portrait by craig alan

Marilyn Monroe / Image source: Craig Alan Studio

 


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Nađa Božović

Nađa Božović

Community Manager at PopArt Studio
Inspired by original narratives and amazed by effective visuals. Enjoys diving deep into the story research. A lifelong learner and an eternal optimist.
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