By combining ordinary screws and oil paint, Andrew Myers creates stunning portraits and graphic art pieces. To create the work, Myers will first draw the image on a board that he will then precisely pre-drill with holes. He then carefully drills each screw to the right height in order to get the desired 3D effect. Finally, he finishes the background (using materials like vintage newspaper or phone book listings, for instance) and paints each screw using a pointillist technique.
Each piece contains thousands of screws, making the work both time-consuming and physically demanding (the pieces range from $10,000 to $50,000). Myers, who draws inspiration from his everyday life for his art, says that he’s used over 200,000 screws to date, with more commissions coming. Why screws? “I am always thinking of new mediums to use, but haven’t gotten the same effect as with the screws,” he says. “I believe there is a lot more that can be done with screws and I am still learning.” http://andrewmyersart.com/