These Two Guys Recreate Famous Paintings Using Only Office Supplies and a Phone

FoolsDoArt cranks out slapstick renditions of works ranging from “American Gothic” to “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

"Girl with the Pearl Earring" by Johannes Vermeer. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Timoclea uccide il capitano di Alessandro Magno" by Elisabetta Sirani, 1659. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"American Gothic" by Grant Wood, 1930. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Thinking About Death" Frida Kahlo, 1943. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Portrait of a Man in a Turban" by Jan van Eyck, 1433. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Lady and the Unicorn: Sight" - Circa 1500. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Napoleon Crossing the Alps" by Jacques-Louis David. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"David with the Head of Goliath" by Caravaggio. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"The Old Guitarist" by Pablo Picasso. Photo: FoolsDoArt
"Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, 1503-1506. Photo: FoolsDoArt

Working at a successful technology startup can bring with it generous perks, like all-you-can-eat snacks, free yoga, game rooms and thousands of dollars in vacation expense reimbursement. Others, however, offer less tangible benefits, like a creative, relaxed working environment. 

Two Squarespace employees, Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, are taking advantage of just such a situation at their workplace. In November, they began recreating famous paitings using only stuff found around the office to assemble props and costumes and only a phone to shoot and edit the photos.

So far, they've reinterpreted around 20 artworks, which they post on their website and Instagram account. FoolsDoArt, as they call the project, has the full support of their employer (they take the photos during offical breaks at work), and the artistic duo are quick to point out that boredom—contrary to some media accounts—did not spawn the endeavor. "We're not at all bored," they said in an email. "We're fortunate to work for a company that encourages creativity in the workplace which is why we're able to do this."

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