In the art world, fur isn’t anything new. Society was exposed to the two clashing when Surrealist Meret Oppenheim unveiled Object in 1936. Oppenheim revolutionized what defines fine art/sculpture when she engulfed a cup, saucer, and spoon entirely in fur, after a bet with Pablo Picasso.
However, distinguished paintings reimagined in fur? That’s something we have yet to see. That is, until I stumbled upon the works of Murat Yıldırım, a Turkish contemporary artist who specializes in digital creations.
“It has long been common to reproduce the world’s most famous paintings by imitation. In this abstract idea, I used furs as a creative tool to move world-famous paintings forward.” Yıldırım added, “Since modern art has become digital, I have turned all this into my favorite 3D artwork.”
Yıldırım removed all detail in Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic and most replicated painting, instead focusing on the varying colors in the work. Almost like the Impressionists did, but with fur, of course. The fur is amazingly naturalistic for a digital design.
The Starry Night
In this interpretation, Yıldırım took on van Gogh. It is truly captivating how he emulated van Gogh’s signature wavy, thick brushstrokes through the flow of the fur.
The addition of the eyes and mouth tie this work together, injecting structure and comedy.
Impression, soleil levant
Replicating a Monet is hard enough, as he was famously known for the lack of detail and focus on color in his works. However, Yıldırım’s inclusion of the coral orb instantly familiarizes this creation, along with a stunning, ombré color palette.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
I am in awe of how Yıldırım created facial features and chiaroscuro through different colored furs!
The Persistence of Memory
I honestly believe Salvador Dalí would be proud, the work is completely avant-garde: everything the exemplary Surrealist valued.
Keep up with the works of Murat Yıldırım by following his Instagram: @muartive!