At first glance, Jim Dingilian’s bottle paintings look “normal,” as if they were painted, stenciled, or airbrushed. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll find that he does something out of the ordinary to achieve his signature style: he fills bottles with smoke, and then uses a brush to “paint” his amazing designs.

He’s proof that an artist can truly be creative when making works of art with obscure things. Essentially, he coats interiors of empty glass bottles using smoke – his choice of bottle shapes is pretty cool too. Then, using tools and brushes mounted on dowels, he brushes away what isn’t needed. It’s sort of a reverse painting, if you think about it. The result? Super detailed, gorgeous, yet albeit dark works that ooze a feeling of suburban decay.

The York, PA native also explains as to why his bottle art centers around the subtractive images we see today. “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature.” When asked how this idea came about, he answers, “When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

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You can see more of his works at the Packer Schopf Gallery and at McKenzie Fine Art Inc. Thanks so much for reading!