Charles Fazzino first had the idea of making fine art three-dimensional after a paper toling class at an art supply store. The visual arts graduate made copies of one of his existing pieces, cut and layered them, and showed this among his other works at a show. Only the three-dimensional piece sold — he knew then that he was on to a good thing.
His series is a coming together of the things he loved and learned while growing up — doodles, pop-out books, and printmaking. Now, his art can be found in the private collections of Julia Roberts, Paul McCartney, Morgan Freeman and other namedrop-worthy names. He's also worked with the Super Bowl and Grammy Awards on their posters.
This pop culture favourite now takes on Singapore — a project he's been working on for many months. While his process is unique, he begins work like any other artist, with a concept drawing. Fazzino then sends it to his silkscreen printer, and when the final colour composition is decided and the prints are returned, he and his staff will painstakingly hand-cut and layer into three dimensions. He likens this process to that of "layering a lasagna."
The pieces are glued and embellished, by hand, with acrylic paint glitter and Swarovski Crystals. It's a labour intensive process, where each piece can take more than one day to assemble. The result is a Where's Wally of fine art — a whimsical journey through the tiniest details of a city.
'Celebrating the Enchanted Island of Singapore' will run from 27 May to 14 June at Bruno Gallery Singapore