Joe Black doesn’t really consider himself an artist as much as he does an image-maker. Utilizing pretty much anything small and plentiful—ball bearings, plastic pins, badges, and Lego Bricks, and the like—Joe puts together thousands of these everyday items to create larger images, usually portraits of icons.
“If it’s small enough I’ll stick it down,” states the artist. While the items are often tied to and pay tribute to the final image, it’s Joe’s skillful craft and technique in recreating the icon, complete with shading and tonal effects, that makes his work truly stand-out.
Born in 1973, Joe studied as a sculptor and then moved into illustration and commercial art before finally focusing on the personal works he creates today.