In March 2014, we were first introduced to the London-based artist IMPREINT through Napsugar Budai (see post here).
Several years ago, during Portrait Day, IMPREINT began a project using balloons. The project, which aptly became known as Portraits, spanned from Ghana, Indonesia, Hungary, Honduras, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Germany, South Korea, France, Georgia, Finland, The Netherlands and Italy.
IMPREINT’s mission: to show how art has a social impact. How IMPREINT’s work unified people around the globe? Through the use of balloons.
As Napsugar says, “IMPREINT painted 1,000 balloon paintings a few years ago, and while painting them, he was already thinking about the people, because all the paintings were different, imperfect but beautiful.
These paintings are individually numbered and signed by him, and all of them are unique because of the technique that he uses: he paints them by hand and creates the color right before putting them on the paper.
After each painting he recreates a new color so there is no repetition. The balloons all have different forms, not only because they are made by hand but also because they reflect the mood that he has in that particular moment: sometimes they are smaller, bigger, and have different forms.”
She also provided us with a bit of back-story:
“In December 2012, IMPREINT made a stop-motion video in the streets of London, asking people to hold a balloon for a minute as he photographed them and created a video. (See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOCiGMRvC3U )
This video had a lot of positive feedback, so later he decided to create an other video but this time involving the people around the world. For this new video he received photos from a lot of countries and the video became very popular (see it here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfjsvVggORU ).
This video made him realize how differently we see every scene with the balloon, because the balloon changes the perspectives as these photos become portraits.
This inspired IMPREINT to start the project ‘Portraits’ in December 2013, which he ran for one year. Portraits became soon popular and he received photos from many places around the world.”
Several Daily Concepts’ team members participated in part of the project referred to as Good Morning, LA (see post here) in May 2014.
Portraits was completed in December 2014. Check out the project’s Tumblr page here.
Our 2015 just wasn’t the same until we received an email from Napsugar, the gist of which was:
Would you like to have a little exhibition in your offices showing some of the images from Portraits. It’s easy to organize and install. You can see examples on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IMPREINTofficial
Of course we wanted to be involved!
The photos went up. And we did our own photo shoot (per Napsugar’s instructions).
We were feeling particularly green this time around, versus our last red go-round.
Shuly made it into this series, too.
Daily Concepts has had so much being part of Portraits. We can’t wait to see what happens next! Thanks, IMPREINT and Napsugar, for asking us to be involved.
To learn more about Impreint visit http://www.impreint.com/.