Chronic Art, splendid spliff – based portraits, is a series by cannabis-smoking, Pittsburgh-based artist Cliff Maynard, hand-crafted and quite stunning. 39-year-old Cliff. a tattoo artist by trade, this ex art student devised up his unique choice of medium, for his portraiture, studying mosaics at the school of art.
At first glance, they’re just iconic head shots of famous people you’ve seen many times before; only the tones of golden brown make them vaguely remarkable: Jesus, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Snoop Dog, Method Man, and more. A taste for rebellion, higher states of consciousness, and in most cases a trailblazing talent for music are about all that tie them together. Until closer inspection. Allow your eyes to move from the bigger picture and focus on the finer detail of the portraits, and the secret of their creation lights up in the mind: they’re all mosaics – made out of the roach papers of smoked joints.