Vincent Van Gogh‘s Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in Western culture, and its recreation is a practice so common that you have probably seen it in paint-by-numbers, crayons, food, and a huge host of mediums over the years. Gizmodo recently brought attention to artist Garip Ay and his beautiful recreation of Van Gogh’s masterpiece. Using ebru techniques, he’s recreated the French master’s scene in a bowl of water. Watch the video above and be amazed.
Ebru is an ancient decorative paper art from Turkey that involves painting on water. Artists add chemicals to water and drop oil onto the surface to manipulate before transferring the image to paper. Because of viscosity and other elements, it is virtually impossible to create the same image more than once. Watching the video of Ay’s creation had me thinking this was something he must have rehearsed extensively to get it so perfectly created. But no, this would be the one creation of this specific image that he’s done. I’m sure he practiced, but none would have looked quite like this.
Ay is a classically trained artist who has exhibited his work all over the world. If you have any doubts as to the versatility of painting on water, I urge you to look at some of the other examples of the art form on his website. They are stunning in their intricacy.
Technology may be creating exciting new ways to revamp classic pieces of art or show a whole new point of view on one, but sometimes it’s a wonderful reminder that traditional forms of art can also give you a brand new perspective on a painting you didn’t think you could see in a new way anymore. Any ideas for another painting Ay might try in the future? Tell us what you’d like to see in the comments below!
Images: Garip Ay