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Tiny brushes work for tiny art

Britain’s Ben Wilson is one artist with the entire field to himself — the only painter who creates finely detailed masterpieces on flattened pieces of chewing gum found on London sidewalks.
Frequently spotted lying nearly inert on the ground, working, Wilson estimates he has painted “many thousands” of such “canvases,” ranging from portraits and landscapes to specialized messages — such as listing the names of all employees at a soon-to- be-closed Woolworth’s store.
According to a New York Times dispatch, Wilson initially heats each piece with a blowtorch, applies lacquer and acrylic enamel before painting and sealing with more lacquer ...


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