Like many artists in the Photoshop era, Erik Jensen uses the computer to create his paintings. Editing programs have become a basic tool for photography, film and design in general. However, Jensen focuses on another part of equipment: keyboards . Specifically, the keys.
The artist boasts on his page of reusing pieces that not even recycling companies manage to take advantage of. To do this, you must first clean the keyboards, remove all the keys and stain them with special inks, a process that is done by hand and that allows you to have all the colors you need at your disposal.
Although it seems that he prefers not to reveal his secret recipe, as can be seen in the final result (and as he himself claims), the process changes the color of the key while preserving the letter, number or character to which it corresponded.
In this way, he achieves “various shades of all kinds of colors” that he combines with the natural ones of the keyboards themselves: black, white, gray and the beige so common in offices a few decades ago . Jensen, by the way, accepts keyboard donations, but only if it’s a substantial amount (20 and up) due to associated logistics, shipping and environmental issues.
As the artist himself explains on his website, he began to make these paintings in 2013, although he did not do it as a business (he accepts commissions from companies and individuals) until 2017 and full time a year later.
Each one of the paintings he makes to order takes him between two and three months of work, although it is due more to the volume than to the process itself, as he confesses. The price, of course, can be estimated at the key: $ 1.20 for each of them. The minimum, by the way, is 1,000 pieces (about $ 1,100).
However, in his gallery you can find his version of other famous paintings and works, such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa (4,400 pieces, $ 7,100 ), The Creation of Adam (the very posterizable detail of the hands, to be exact; 4,500 pieces and 7,200 dollars ), The Girl with a Pearl Earring (3,250 pieces -of which six correspond to the pearl-, 5,200 dollars ) and even Michelangelo’s David, but in a painting version, not sculpture (4,000 exact pieces, 6,000 dollars , also exact). In regards to his original creations they range from the abstract to a portrait of a cat . Alan Turing through -of course-