Gallery: Jamie Poole Creates Intricate Portraits from Love Letters and ...

To UK artist Jamie Poole, a picture is worth far more than a thousand words. In his hands, text from poems and love letters become highly detailed portraits that seem to crackle with energy. The large scale works, each several feet tall, use the density and tone of the printed letters to create light and shadow. A combination of a collage and photorealistic painting, each piece is textured and contrasting. His self-portrait incorporates lines from correspondence written by his fiance, Sophie, and his representation of her face is created by layering her favorite verses of English poetry.

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