South Korean pixel fanatic Jaebum Joo has a fixation with the minimalistic 8-bit aesthetic. Though he’s an animation director and graphic designer by day, his free time sways towards creating anything 8-bit, whether it be stamping pixelated acrylic paintings of Johannes Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring or rendering his friends as digital characters. In his latest series, he strips down iconic paintings from artists like Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Andy Warhol, imagining them as retro Game Boy games.
Could this be a subtle nod to the conversation of legitimizing games as art? Regardless, we wonder what kinds of video game characters these stoic portraits would play.
Andy Warhol’s Banana
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa
Claude Monet’s Femme à l’ombrelle Tournée vers la Gauche
Johannes Jan Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring
Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait
See more of Joo’s work on the Gallery.