Toothpick Portraits

For those that are thinking about getting their portrait painted, but want something a little different, why not get a toothpick portrait? ;-)
The San Francisco based artist Steven J. Backman creates sculptures and wall pieces made of toothpicks.

toothpick art
“I find toothpicks and glue to be the most challenging mediums to create unusual pieces of abstract and contemporary art. Unlike ordinary wood, toothpicks have personalities of their own that evolve once they are incorporated into a mass of formed space.” Steven J. Backman
The artist has a summer promotion on until the end of September too, with toothpick portrait commissions available for about $500 USD.
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About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. That’s funny ;)

    His sculptures look like a lot of work.

    Thanks for sharing.. you always seem to find the unusual in the arts!


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