Gum Art by Ben Wilson

Britain painter Ben Wilson painstakingly turned ugly patches of flattened chewing gum on Britain's pavements into art, using tiny brushes, a lighter to quick-drying his work, and clear lacquer to seals it.

“I grew up in an artistic environment where anything was possible. My mother was an illustrator and my father did ceramics as well as painting. When I was about two, I started working with clay. I was always encouraged to go in the direction that I wanted.”

“My work would evolve out of the place in which I was working. Rather than imposing the idea on the place, the idea would come out of the place.”

He developed a technique in which he softens the gum with a blowtorch, sprays it with lacquer and then applies three coats of acrylic enamel.


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