Matchbook Portraits

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

blondesLately I’ve been looking for cool and artistic ideas of how to use everyday objects that I no longer want or need.  During my search, I came across an exciting concept for how to use unwanted matchbooks.  Artist Jason D’Aquino creates graphite images on vintage matchbooks.  I’ve never been the type of person that collects matchbooks but I’m sure that this concept can be adapted to other surfaces as well.  Still, I thought I’d use today’s post to give him a shout out for his clever idea.

goodbaduglyD’Aquino’s matchbook art mostly looks like vintage black and white movie posters miniaturized to fit on the tiny surface.  It’s amazing how detailed each image is!  It would seem that D’Aquino likes to use dark subject matter for his images from adultery and bondage to sin and drugs.  Female sexuality is the most commonly featured theme of the matchbook images up on his website.

bondageLooking through his Drawing Gallery, I found that matchbooks weren’t the only found surface that D’Aquino uses in his art.  Many of his pictures are simply described as “graphite on found surface,” but there are a few that are more specific about what that surface actually was.  He has a lot of old “ledger paper” pictures and a series of pictures done over monthly antique pinup calendar images.  The weirdest identified found surface that he has listed is “graphite on human skull.”  Ignoring the serial-killery feeling of that, it’s definitely an interesting place to put a piece of art.  Check out some of his art below and the rest available on his website.

marijuana hardboiled deathwish no_time_for_marriage she_tried unfaithful tavern_girl streets strange_path spicymystery

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