Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

Wine Cork Portraits by Scott Gundersen wine portraits cork

I’ve been known to pocket the occasional sentimental wine cork, but that’s nothing compared to the thousands of used and recycled corks needed by Grand Rapids-based illustrator and artist Scott Gundersen to complete his large scale portraits. Starting with a large photograph that’s transferred to a drawing, Gundersen pins each cork to the canvas, creating a correlation between the hues of the wine-stained corks and the value of light or shadow in the portrait. His latest work, Trisha, took 3,621 corks to complete, but other works have required over 9,000. Watch the timelapse videos above to see how he does it. And can I add, what I wouldn’t give to have a completely idyllic barn studio. Such a beautiful space.