An influential figure in the urban art scene, British artist Nick Gentry continues to create intriguing images using floppy discs and vintage film negatives. Consumption, innovation, and technology are all themes that resonate within his artwork.
Gentry constructs canvases from floppy discs that he embellishes with oil paint and shadowy undertones, leading the focus to the chilling eyes within the illustrations. For his other portraits, he layers negatives to showcase the contrast and shape of the faces, creating emphasis to the overall image and each undeveloped print.
He chronicles historical media that once played a vital role in modern technology and has outlasted its purpose. Gentry voices that, “Today we go to great lengths to create a digital identity in addition to the actual lives we live, with the belief that these online records are only growing in importance and will outlive us.”