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3D Printed Sculptures Bring Famous Portraits to Life

Daniel Warnecke’s sculptures put a 21st century twist on works by Van Gogh, Vermeer, Diane Arbus, and more.

Daniel Warnecke’s work takes classic portraits and gives them thoroughly contemporary updates. He restyles the subjects, making the Girl with a Pearl Earring a ripped-jean wearing millennial, while Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy becomes a track suited youth. But Warnecke doesn’t just update the portraits’ styles, he also updates their medium: his takes on these iconic works are all 3D-printed sculptures.


Warnecke describes his work ethos as "when new technologies meet old traditions.” “This is to emphasize the fact that we may be led down new paths as creators through contemporary processes and innovative methods,” he tells The Creators Project, "but also we must look at why the masters were so successful to understand what it takes to create great portraiture and make it count."

The portraits are scanned by simultaneously using 240 DSLR cameras and 3D printing the resulting file. "My studio and collaborators in making the work, Backface, have also just been awarded the Guinness world record for the worlds largest 3D printed person,” writes Warnecke, "So is it an exciting time for us now as the possibilities for 3D printing are endless."

Daniel Warnecke’s work is currently on view at London private club Searcys. You can catch it at Birthdays in Dalston on April 26th, or at the GX Gallery Camberwell on May 4th.


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