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?
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The Amazing Pixelated Watercolour Paintings of Adam Lister