Oct 10, 2011

This Artist Transforms US Banknotes Into Hilarious Portraits


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

Any artwork associated with the ‘almighty dollar’ carries extra meaning. On the surface, manipulation of currency in any form is illegal. So any tampering, even a simple doodle, is a form of rebellion. The deeper you go, the narrative ‘gets richer’, raising questions about society’s value of the dollar and what it means to each person.

Now when you intertwine all of the symbolism and meaning of money with popular culture and the icons that embody it, your head starts to explode with what it can all mean :) Here for your artistic enjoyment are twenty, dollar bill artworks by JAMES CHARLES, who debuted this incredible collection at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, California.

While the exhibit is now over, some of his pieces are still for sale. You can find the full collection here. Enjoy!

 

 

2. Albert Einstein Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

3. Colonel Sanders Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

4. Jimi Hendrix Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

5. Yoda Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

6. Vincent Van Gogh Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

7. Sarah Palin Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

8. Pinhead (Hellraiser) Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

9. Spock Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

10. Hugh Heffner Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

Culture Cash: Dollar Bill Art by James Charles

 
As of last year, artist James Charles has been engrossed in an interesting new project; small in scale…but large in depth. He began drawing on dollar bills, for the sake of his own amusement; crudely altering the presidents’ faces to become monsters, celebrities, etc. After accidentally spending a few of his early pieces, James decided to stop carrying them in his wallet, and started putting them inside of a magazine for safe-keeping. The magazine folder eventually became a large scrapbook, showcasing bills of all denominations. He found ink and materials to match perfectly what the U.S. Mint uses on the bank notes, and began to experiment with ways to alter the font and script along the bottom of the bills. It became the perfect way for James to inject an additional layer of wit.

Altering currency in this way also poses questions regarding the true value of paper bills, something made with seemingly insignificant materials – that somehow fuels our country’s ever-shifting economy, and ultimately impacts living conditions around the globe. James has put a wrench in the recirculation process by claiming his role as an artist, and declaring these specific bills are not currency, but art objects.

by SHOOTING GALLERY

 

 

11. Johnny Cash Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

12. Bob Ross Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

13. Clint Eastwood Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

14. Dog the Bounty Hunter Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

15. Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction) Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

16. Alfred E. Neuman (Mad Magazine) Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

17. Mr. T Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

18. Ronald McDonald Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

19. Justin Bieber Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

20. Salvador Dali Dollar Bill Art


Artwork by JAMES CHARLES

 

 

 

 

 

If you enjoyed this post, the Sifter highly recommends:

 
Money Talks: Awesome Dollar Bill Art of Dan Tague

 

 

 

 

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