While most of us dump coffee remnants down the drain or into the compost, Indonesia artist Ghidaq al-Nizar has a more creative and beautiful use for the leftovers. The 25-year-old artist began doing latte art but now primarily focuses on his #zerowastecoffee art, a series of coffee paintings that began with an experiment to turn coffee grounds into a Harry Potter-inspired illustration. Ghidaq has amassed a dedicated following on his Instagram, where he shows off his intricate art made from coffee grinds and stains. Ghidaq's pieces are assembled and painted atop plates and—our favorite—dried leaves.
Ghidaq’s #zerowastecoffee artworks often depict landscapes that sometimes involve fantasy themes featuring characters from Harry Potter and Disney. The dreamy subject matter is an interesting contrast with the earthy and grainy medium. The artist achieves depth and movement in his works by using different tones of brown in his work. His inclusion of thin paintbrushes and coffee cups for scale shows off the exacting and delicate nature of his art.
When asked why he prefers painting with coffee rather than oil paints or watercolors, Ghidaq replied: “I love intimacy. I feel it with coffee and It’s fun to have fun with something you love. So I can’t find any better medium to celebrate my feelings. Artists have to feel when they do something, and I think it applies for everyone. I have tried to paint using other media but [I didn’t have any feelings for them]. If you can’t feel it, you will leave it.” Ghidaq is currently writing a book about his coffee art.
Via My Modern Met
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