Recycled Goods Portraits by Zac Freeman 2

Self Portrait 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

In these earlier posts, I highlighted art made from recycled goods. Zac Freeman is another resourceful and inventive artist who creates expressive portraits out of recycled junk and found objects. There's something so intriguing about finding the domino, altoids tins, bride & groom cutouts, and dolls in the self-portrait below, and then pulling back to focus on the intense gaze. These striking images create a kind of optical illusion reminiscent of Chuck Close, where it's almost impossible to focus on the face and the objects at the same time.
Self Portrait 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Self Portrait 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Steve 2004 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Steve 2004 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Dave 2000 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Dave 2000 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
David 2010 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

David 2010 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
David (detail) by Zac Freeman

David (detail) by Zac Freeman

 
Bryan 2007 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Bryan 2007 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Jerry 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Jerry 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Nick 2010 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Nick 2010 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Vince 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Vince 2008 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Ryan 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Ryan 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Holly 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Holly 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Holly (detail) by Zac Freeman

Holly (detail) by Zac Freeman

 
Garrett 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Garrett 2009 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Chuck 2007 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

Chuck 2007 Assemblage on board by Zac Freeman

 
Chuck (detail) by Zac Freeman

Chuck (detail) by Zac Freeman

 

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Recycled Goods Portraits by Zac Freeman

  • Hilanma

    Absolutely Stunning. I had to do a lesson with my Fourth Graders about recycling and they(we) were blown away by this!

  • Dan Shread

    These are intriguing and beautiful- they look very painterly – is your pallette influenced by the materials?- I have passed the link to a colleague in the school art department (Clyst Vale Community College , Devon UK) and she will be showing her students your work as stimulus for their GCSE art exam