Six mini paintings of masterpieces sell for £90,000

Six mini paintings of masterpieces sell for £90,000

That’s sew clever! Six mini paintings of masterpieces such as Sunflowers by Van Gogh that can fit in the eye of a needle sell for £90,000

  • David A Lindon, 52, from Bournemouth has recreated famous works of art
  • Each of the six ‘micro-masterpieces’ were sold to collectors for £15,000 each 
  • The former engineer was inspired by a television programme on Willard Wigan

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

But in these paintings, it’s in the eye of a needle.

An artist who recreated some of the world’s best-known artworks in minute detail has seen six of his ‘micro-masterpieces’ sell for £90,000.

David A Lindon, 52, from Bournemouth, in Dorset, produced replicas – including a van Gogh’s Starry Night – which could fit through the eye of a needle.

The full list of artworks were Munch’s The Scream, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Monet’s Water Lily, Banksy’s Girl With Balloon, and van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Sunflowers.

Each of the six paintings were sold to private collectors for £15,000 each.

An artist who recreated some of the world’s best-known artworks in minute detail has seen six of his ‘micro-masterpieces’ sell for £90,000

The full list of artworks were Munch’s The Scream (pictured), Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Monet’s Water Lily, Banksy’s Girl With Balloon, and van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Sunflower

Mr Lindon, a former engineer, turned his hand to producing the tiny art pieces after he became inspired by a television programme on Willard Wigan, another ‘micro-artist’.

Prior to the six artwork pieces, Mr Lindon honed his craft creating figures of the likes of Freddie Mercury and Amy Winehouse.

In a bid to diversify and find a new challenge Mr Lindon made his tiny masterpieces.

Mr Lindon told the BBC: ‘It seemed a natural progression to explore paintings and to discover just how small I can go.

‘Whilst creating a micro painting uses the same process as doing a full size art piece, there is a greater focus on transposing the aesthetic qualities of the original whilst representing them on a much smaller scale.

David A Lindon, 52, from Bournemouth, in Dorset, produced replicas – including a van Gogh’s Starry Night (pictured) – which could fit through the eye of a needle

Mr Lindon, a former engineer, turned his hand to producing the tiny art pieces after he became inspired by a television programme on Willard Wigan, another ‘micro-artist’

‘I have to slow my heartbeat down essentially. I control my nerves, I steady myself. I get lost in my own world, I really do.’

Mr Lindon said he was required to work in an ‘almost emotionless trance’ during the night to avoid noise and distractions.

He spends more than a month on each 0.02in-wide (0.5mm) plastic artwork.

Mr Lindon added: ‘The only thing I enjoy is when it’s done. That relief, and then to see the expressions of joy and surprise on people’s faces, is fantastic.

‘I have sold bits and pieces before but that is my first significant sale.’

The six masterpieces and a further six pieces of art can been seen at A New Beginning, an exhibition at the Lighthouse Media Centre in Wolverhampton, until October 29.

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