We all know that Edward Munchâs âThe Screamâ is an iconic painting and it has its own place in history. The image is simple yet striking but we can recognize it immediately, no matter whatever form this painting takes. This unique and striking painting has inspired millions of painters across the globe to rework on it and show their painting skills. The central figure of Munchâs painting has been re-imagined umpteen times in different contexts by different painters. Sometimes the recycled image is made using recycled stuff and several painters have come up with eco friendly versions of the âThe Screamâ using recycled stuff.
1. Assemblage image by Bernard Pras
Bernard Pras is renowned for reworking on famous pictures and come up with his own versions using several objects in huge quantities. Pras is a master at producing attractive and striking images and he does so by positioning his creation in his studio at a specific angle so that when someone views these paintings from that angle they will be able to view a final and complete image, which will be beautiful and striking. Prasâ painting also forms the reconstruction of the original âtemplateâ in a perfect manner. In the Prasâ version of Munchâs âThe Scream,â the swarming toy animals form the background of the painting and he has used red and yellow wires to form the sky. The most interesting aspect of this painting is its face, which looks similar to the mask that we have seen in the hugely popular Scream films. It is to be noted that Munichâs paintings inspire the Scream films.
Made of stained glass, this rendition is both attractive and striking. The painter has broken the painting into smaller frames and has used colors brilliantly to add depth and vitality in the painting. The painter has used a wide range of colors, including bright luminescent areas, to dark sinister shadows, which are long, very long. Munch once said that he got the inspiration to draw the original painting by a moment when he was walking with friends at sunset. He said that while walking he suddenly watch towards the sky and realized that blood and fire fill the sky, showing that there was âan infinite scream passing through nature.â This glass image manages to reconceptualize the image and evoke the sentiment that was thought by Munch when he walking during sunset on that day.
3. Melissa Rachel Black, Gummi bears
Melissa Rachel Blackâs Gummi bear painting is a reconstructed version of the âThe Screamâ, which Black has created using only gummi bears and a little acrylic paint. Black has used an array of the different colors in a highly creative manner, reflecting the brilliance of the original masterpiece. He is famous for creating several other gummi creations including the American flag and portraits of President Barack Obama and Lady GaGa. Some of Blackâs works created a typical kaleidoscope of rainbow colors after being allowed to melt. It seems that he is highly inspired by the techniques of Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch. The Gummi bear painting is quite popular and one look at it and you will realize that Black has studied Munchâs work quite well and she has definitely analyzed Munchâs âThe Screamâ closely.
4. Mark Langan, Cardboard boxes
Mark Langanâs cardboard box sculpture is an eco friendly version of the âThe Screamâ created using recycled stuff. Langan has used finely worked cardboard in his version of âThe Screamâ. Langan is renowned for working with reclaimed packaging and use them creatively to come up with three-dimensional sculptures that are attractive as well as creative. Most of his artworks are eco friendly and can be found hanging on boardrooms across the US. Langan has used a variety of textures in his painting to achieve the different colors, which we have seen in Munchâs painting. Langan has also used rough and corrugated sheets to add to the texture of the painting and make it look more striking just Munchâs creation. Langan has used reinforced cardboard in order to create lines across the image and make it look stunning.
5. Cathy Cole, Neon lights
Artist Cathy Coleâs masterpiece, âI Scream You Screamâ, created in the early 1980s, was the reaction of the artist to the city of Glendale, CA. She created this piece as reaction of the stateâs decision to enact a law prohibiting the use of neon lighting. Cole enrolled herself at the Museum of Neon Art to learn the skills. She has used the lights in her âScreamâ to reconstruct the original imageâs rough outline.