Analogue Approaches to Visual Arts: Pushpin Portraits by Eric Daigh


More and more creative minds are turning to unusual and unconventional materials to create amazing works of art. Meet Eric Daigh, who uses thousands and thousands of pushpins to create incredible portraits!

The artist and his artwork, a portrait of his wife, Meghan. Photo via My Modern Met

You see it almost everywhere, use it in the home and office, rely on it to help you keep your notes and documents organized…but can you make art out of it?

Eric Daigh, a 33-year-old American artist, most likely faced this challenge when he first thought of making portraits using pushpins. While the world sees the pushpin as a typical office object, Eric undoubtedly saw it as an interesting medium to create art with.

Michigan-based Eric is a process artist, which means the steps and methods are part of the “WOW Factor.” He starts by taking photos of his subjects, then uses a computer software to reduce the photos down to low-resolution images in what you can call the “basic” pushpin colors—red, blue, yellow, black, and white. He then creates the portraits piece by piece, row after row, sticking a pushpin according to the directions of a grid map. His stunning portraits are typically made up of more than 11,000 pushpins for a 3 ft x 3 ft piece, and reaching up to 25,000 for 4 ft x 6 ft piece.

Eric at work, meticulously building each portrait piece by piece. Photos via My Modern Met

Of course, such incredible pieces of art will not go unnoticed, and are worthy of honors! Eric won two awards for his pushpin artworks in 2009: third place in the ArtPrize Exhibition and Illustration Annual Winner of Communication Arts Magazine. He also holds the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Pushpin Mosaic” since 2009.

What do you think of Eric’s painstakingly “painted” pushpin portraits? Tell us with a comment below!

Sources and additional readings:
Massive Pushpin Portraits -- My Modern Met
Eric Daigh -- Wikipedia
Artist Eric Daigh Sticks It To Us With His Pushpin Portraits --If It's Hip, It's Here

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-09-23 #news #art #analogue #lomography #portraits #news #analogue-approaches-to-visual-arts #push-pins #eric-daigh


  1. bell-lingling
    bell-lingling ·

    awesome art..

  2. ngjinglingfiona
    ngjinglingfiona ·


  3. liisachisholm
    liisachisholm ·

    i'm stoked about this, so unreal!

  4. robotmonkey1996
    robotmonkey1996 ·

    I can;t help but think how many times he stabbed himself reaching in a jumbo sized barrel of pushpins. Yee!

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