These Crappy JPEGs Are Actually Paintings

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A compressed, blurry image full of compression artifacts is pretty gross—one of the scourges of the internet. But offline, it's a work of art. Andy Denzler creates captivating painted images that mimic the flaws of digital ones.

It takes talent to reproduce something so awful in a way that renders it interesting and, dare I say, beautiful. How many of us would ever stare at an actual junk JPEG for more than a split second? [Andy Denzler via Kottke]