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An introduction to Justin Bateman - pebble art

'If you live in harmony with nature you will never be poor; if you live according to what others think, you will never be rich.' Seneca, Letters from a Stoic.

British land art artist and lecturer Justin Bateman (born 1976) i, uses fragments of nature - pebbles, rocks, and stones to create temporary mosaics of people's portraits, animals, famous paintings, and statues. Each natural-coloured stone acts as an individual paint stroke or mark that’s integral to the overall image; like pixels.

“ Ultimately, bronze and marble belong to the few... Grit belongs to us all, it is just a matter of making good use of it. " Justin Bateman

Educated in the south of UK where he also worked as a lecturer the artist now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

“My work is impermanent, I leave only footprints.”

Justin Bateman’s pebble portraits take several days to complete, and his pebble portraits can be found on beaches, in forests, by railways, and up mountains in Thailand, but the artist doesn’t become attached to the work he creates, drawing his inspiration from Tibetan monks, who create highly detailed mandalas from sand and then destroy them, if he doesn’t scatter the pebbles again afterwards, he simply leaves them for nature to reclaim - a reminder of the impermanence of life

If you like this idea, why not watch this YouTube video of his work

or follow him on Instagram

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