The Amazing Pixelated Watercolour Paintings of Adam Lister

published in: Art By Yatzer, 30 April 2014

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The Kiss. © Adam Lister.

Combining the deconstructed and minimal aesthetic of old-school video graphics with the rough and uneven textures more often seen in watercolour paintings, American painter Adam Lister creates engaging visual compositions that depict famous artworks and pop-culture characters. Inspired by the 8-bit graphics of the Atari and Nintendo game consoles he used to play as a child, Lister likes to use the principle of pixelated images as a guideline for his works. The resulting paintings are both enigmatic and familiar, funny and bittersweet, as if all our favourite sci-fi and fantasy movie characters are staring at us through a distorted, prismatic glass – but on second thought, isn’t that how childhood memories feel like in the first place?

Adam Lister was born in 1978 and is a resident of New York City. He has presented his work in various exhibitions across the USA and in London. Limited-edition prints of his work are available through his website.


Girl with a Pearl Earring. © Adam Lister.

Statue of David. © Adam Lister.

Spock. © Adam Lister.

Princess Leia. © Adam Lister.

The Godfather. © Adam Lister.

The Son of Man. © Adam Lister.

The Simpsons. © Adam Lister.

Mona Lisa. © Adam Lister.

Mona Lisa at the Louvre. © Adam Lister.

Man of Steel. © Adam Lister.

The Goonies. © Adam Lister.

Batman & Robin. © Adam Lister.

Luke Skywalker and C-3PO. © Adam Lister.

Han Solo and Chewbacca. © Adam Lister.

Darth Vader. © Adam Lister.

Boba Fett. © Adam Lister.

Yoda. © Adam Lister.

R2-D2. © Adam Lister.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living. © Adam Lister.

The Last Supper. © Adam Lister.


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    Chris | 2014-05-01 06:47:46

    Amazing. Where can I buy these prints?

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