10 Paintings That Any Music And Film Lover Must Know

10 Paintings That Any Music And Film Lover Must Know

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By: Diego Cera

March 31, 2017

Art 10 Paintings That Any Music And Film Lover Must Know
Avatar of Diego Cera

By: Diego Cera

March 31, 2017

Art, as almost any other thing in the world, adapts to its creators' circumstances. Whenever a new trend appears, it finds inspiration in the society it belongs to. The Internet, for example, has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration that have captivated many creatives across different disciplines. For instance, in 2006, Tao Lin's first publication, You Are a Little Bit Happier than I Am, started a literary movement known as "Alt-Lit" where authors use all those elements provided by the virtual world.

WhatsApp conversations, Facebook publications, and video games have created discourses that aren't exclusive to millennial literature, since they have also merged with the art world. Using new technologies like GIFs, designers like Paul Robertson have developed a new trend in graphic arts: pixel art. The pieces belonging to this current are like digital dreams in 8-bits that make us long for those times when we spent our evenings playing Nintendo.

Although computers provide the necessary tools to create art, it doesn't mean that classic techniques have been left aside. Actually, art is embracing technology to reach new levels. We can find this symbiosis between art and technology in the works of Adam Lister, an artist who uses watercolors to create amazing pixelated images.

Adam Lister pixel art bob ross
Adam Lister pixel art big bird

Have you ever zoomed in a photo to the point that it becomes unrecognizable? Let's say that Lister bases his art on this principle to depict images and figures of popular culture. It's as if he wanted to prove that no matter what, technology will never exceed human's dexterity.

Adam Lister pixel art star wars
Adam Lister pixel art school of athens
Adam Lister pixel art michelangelo

Nothing and no one can escape from this artist's brush. He uses iconic works of art and adapts paintings like The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, or paints characters like Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Anyone can appear on this artist's canvases, which play with our memories and nostalgia.

Adam Lister pixel art big
Adam Lister pixel art tupac
Adam Lister pixel art pearl earring
Adam Lister pixel art klimt

Adam Lister's work proves that art can adapt to anything. Art will continue portraying, not only the artists' reality, but also the spectator's, who approaches art to connect in a different way with the world, or through images on the Internet.

Adam Lister pixel art gioconda
Adam Lister pixel art killer
Adam Lister pixel art motorhead

Modernity is constructed through references of the past that acquire new meanings with the passing of time. Do you recognize the ones in Adam Lister's paintings?

Adam Lister pixel art godfather


Adam Lister pixel art harry potter

Adam Lister pixel art scissorhands

Adam Lister pixel art ghostbusters

Adam Lister pixel art willy wonka

Adam Lister pixel art star trek

Adam Lister pixel art goonies

Adam Lister pixel art napoleon dynamite

Adam Lister pixel art back to the future


Adam Lister pixel art jaws

1) The Godfather (1972) Francis Ford Coppola

2) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) Chris Columbus

3) Edward Scissorhands (199o) Tim Burton

4) Ghostbusters (1984) Ivan Reitman

5) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) Mel Stuart

6) Star Trek (2009) J. J. Abrams

7) The Goonies (1985) Richard Donner

8) Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Jared Hess

9) Back to the Future 2 (1989) Robert Zemeckis

10) Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg

To see more watercolored pixels, take a look at Adam Lister's web page and see if you can guess all the figures represented in these colorful paintings.

Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards