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The Best Emoji Art From The Art And Design Show

In honor of the first emoji art and design show, here is a compilation of the best emoji masterpieces on the web.

  • <p>Adapted by senjukannon</p>
  • <p>Adapted by lolroflha</p>
  • <p>Adapted by dubster</p>
  • 01 /12 | "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (right panel)

    Adapted by senjukannon

  • 02 /12 | "Goddess”
  • 03 /12 | "Mount Rushmore"
  • 04 /12 | "Judith Slaying Holofernes"
  • 05 /12 | "Girl With A Pearl Earring"
  • 06 /12 | "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte"

    Adapted by lolroflha

  • 07 /12 | "Liberty Leading the People"
  • 08 /12 | "Christina’s World"

    Adapted by dubster

  • 09 /12 | "Nighthawks"
  • 10 /12 | "The Persistence of Memory"
  • 11 /12 | "The Kiss"
  • 12 /12 | "The Scream"

Emojis mean everything and they mean nothing at the same time. They're completely personal and completely universal. They're really quite stupid. And they're the best thing that ever happened to our generation. They deserve to be observed and worshipped individually.

These are the words of Liza Nelson, an artist adapting the 20x20 pixel animated portraits into realist photographs.

By finding, posing and sculpting emojis in real life, Nelson is one of the many artists recreating the emoji as an icon of our time. In honor of the first emoji art and design show happening in New York City this week, here is a compilation of the best emoji masterpieces on the web—Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali alike.

If you would like to create your own "emojinal art" and submit it to the Tumblr Art world, here is a free download of high-resolution emojis.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Hieronymus Bosch; 02 / Lisa Nelson; 03 / Gutzon Borglum and Lincoln Borglum; 04 / Artemisia Gentileschi; 05 / Johannes Vermeer; 06 / Georges Pierre Seurat; 07 / Eugene Delacroix; 08 / Andrew Wyeth; 09 / Edward Hopper; 10 / Salvador Dali; 11 / Gustav Klimt; 12 / Edvard Munch;

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