If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, British artist Jane Perkins is quite the flatterer. Using toys, buttons, plastic cutlery and more, Perkins recreates famous portraits and artworks from the Jubilee Queen to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. Perkins enjoys her work so much that she sometimes creates multiple versions of the same artwork!
Perkins adds no color to any of the objects in her works, using them as they were found in second-hand shops, recycling centers and donations from friends. Viewed from a distance, Perkins recreations closely resemble the original paintings and portraits. Viewed up close, however, the works take on a personality of their own through the medley of objects that make them up.
Perkins enjoys making multiple versions of certain works. To her, it’s a way to learn new styles. She writes on her website:
Re-interpreting work by previous artists is nothing new. Centuries ago, artists learned their craft by re-working paintings by their predecessors. Picasso famously copied works by many artists, creating 44 studies of Velasquez’ Las Meninas alone, with his unique style. Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa has been re-worked many times by artists including Marcel Duchamp who gave her a beard.
Check out some of our favorite of Perkins’ work below, and visit her site for more!