Today’s featured artwork is by an RN from Plano, Texas, who in in his spare time makes incredible works of art using crowns, or bottlecaps, as his medium. The one that I first saw was a bottle cap version of the famous work by Henri Matisse, Icarus. The framed bottlecap Icarus is 2.5 by 4 feet.
And here’s one of his Warhol-inspired portraits of Marilyn Monroe.
Here’s how he got into making bottlecap art, from his blog:
My work with bottle caps all started as a joke in college, but eventually became a hobby, and moreover a form of art that is quite interesting, stimulating, and rare. It is also keeping in theme with today’s mindset of reusing and recycling trash to make genuine treasures. I have many friends, relatives, coworkers, and favorite drinking/dining establishments who save bottle caps for me.
A friend of mine opened a bar in 2008, and I offered my first piece as decoration in the bare-walled establishment. After receiving copious and favorable feedback about my first piece, I decided to undertake bottle capping more seriously in 2009. I have completed several ‘spec’ pieces, in addition to selling my first piece in August 2009. In March 2010 I had a showing of all of my bottle cap artwork.
Here’s that first one he did, which was started n 2002 but not finished until 2006.
I think this is my favorite of his originals, a mostly blue field with the sun in the corner.
And finally, here’s another Matisse inspired piece, his recreations of Blue Nude, Souvenir of Biskra.
You can see the rest of Harris’ bottlecap works at his portfolio, many of which are for sale.
Wow! Those are very impressive. Now I’m interested in where he gets all those crowns. If he only uses crowns from his own beers he’s either quite the drinker or has a lot of friends who are eager to help out.
Thinking Drinking Man says
That is really impressive. An artistic thinking drinking man.
Alan Harris says
I have been saving ‘crowns’ for almost 10 years now: all of mine, I have taken on several of my friends ‘collections’, and by dear friends at Jacks Backyard in Dallas, TX. I have quite a collection. I’d less than 10% are mine personally.
Teri Tucker says
Can’t wait to see your work at the Fair!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Monroe!!!!!!!!! Is it for sale??????