Christian Faur is a Granville, Ohio based artist who uses hundreds of thousands of individual crayons to produce a single, pixelated image.
“My earliest memories of making art involve the use of wax crayons. I can still remember the pleasure of opening a new box of crayons: the distinct smell of the wax, the beautifully colored tips, everything still perfect and unused. Using the first crayon from a new box always gave me a slight pain.”
Looking for something new, Christian experimented with various painting with wax techniques, but he just didn’t feel good about his results. Then, in 2005, his young daughter opened a box of 120 Crayola crayons he’d bought her for Christmas, and everything clicked into place…
“The images completely disappear when viewed from close up, allowing one to read the horizontally sequenced crayon text and to take in the beautifully colored crayon tips — all the while being reminded of that first box of crayons.”
However, I find his technique not artistic at all – he starts each work by scanning a photo into a computer and breaking the image down into coloured blocks that shows him exactly where to place each crayon. Is this art? Or just a clever technique which needs nothing more than patience and a lot of hard work?