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Pixel Perfect

Irishman makes art from terrible Facebook photos

Enda O’Donoghue is making waves worldwide, for his unusual art: he takes pixellated Facebook photos and makes them great.

AN IRISH ARTIST is picking up worldwide acclaim for his unusual art form – in which he takes poor-quality photographs, posted on the likes of Facebook, and turns them into works of art.

Enda O’Donoghue, a Limerick native who lives and works in Berlin, says all of his paintings come from the internet, sourced through social networks and blogs.

Compulsively collecting and cataloguing the pictures he accrues on his way, O’Donoghue says the photographs that work best are those which are otherwise useless: the throwaway pictures that would otherwise attract little attention.

O’Donoghue dissects each image into small segments, before repainting it in the format otherwise used by typical painters – creating legitimate paintings with a genuinely modern, digital feel.

Irishman makes art from terrible Facebook photos
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  • 1 - 'Too Slutty?'

  • 2 - 'Evening'

  • 3 - 'Apetite'

  • 4 - 'Sense of Direction'

  • 5 - 'Caught'

  • 6 - 'The manicurists revenge'

In the last weeks Enda has gotten coverage on the highly-regarded Gizmodo,  and has even been picked up by media in Brazil as well as being featured by The Atlantic magazine.

What do you think of Enda’s work – is it a clever take on the modern disposable culture, or is it a wholesale plagiarism of people’s personal photographs? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to David Black for the tip.