The Mike Bell Match Art features tiny renditions of pop culture characters that are some fixating and fire-starting pieces of work.
Using a basic matchbook, Bell converts the front flap into a canvas, etching dead-on depictions of Hollywood heavyweights and music legends. The creative kicker is that he then crafts the matches into props that play off the pictures, mostly making hands doing iconic actions.
The series includes Marilyn Monroe bearing some bling on her match-made hand, Elton John with ivory piano keys being tapped on by ignitable digits, and Frankenstein with burnable fingers creeping over the edge of the book.
From Jimmy Hendrix flashing a flammable peace sign to a distinguished and extinguishable Humphrey Bogart smoking a small-scale cigarette, these pocket-sized portrayals are art you definitely don’t want to see go up in flames.
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