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Artist recreates masterpiece paintings with only emojis

The stunning creations of


Nayomi Reghay


Posted on Jan 22, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 5:15 pm CDT

There’s a special place in our hearts for emojis. They help us emote, punctuate, and jazz up our texts. Above Average is taking the love of emojis to a new level.

Above Average director Tim Bierbaum is using, a Web app, to recreate well-known masterpieces such as Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night, with nothing but emojis as his palette.

The Emoji Scream

The Emoji Scream

Above Average/Tim Bierbaum

Check out his ode to Starry Night, and his surrealist emoji-homage to Magritte. Keep your eye on Above Average for more to come.

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*First Published: Jan 22, 2015, 4:32 pm CST