Though not a new art form, painting with coffee has recently gained some traction but none so profoundly – or sustainably – as Indonesian artist and total coffee addict Ghidaq al-Nizar’s.
What started out as a latte art hobby has become a daily Instagram-worthy act of beauty (unsurprisingly, his handle is @coffeetopia). Using the last remaining drops of his daily brew, al-Nizar paints tiny, detailed scenes onto dried leaves, leaving nothing to waste – not even the ground beans! With a project he calls #ZeroWasteCoffee, the aged, sepia and mocha tones of the leaves and the coffee merge to create stunningly evocative, caffeinated paintings.
HL chatted to Al-Nizar to ask why coffee is his medium of choice and he explained, ‘Why coffee? Because I love intimacy. I feel it with coffee and it’s fun to have fun with something you love. So I can’t find any better medium to celebrate my feelings’.
As al-Nazir so rightly points out on his Facebook page, ‘save the earth – it’s the only planet with coffee’.
Have a look at some of his incredible art here, and try not to get too much of a caffeine high:
15 7 7. This is how my “Raging Night” looks like under direct sunlight. Just want to share with you another look of my art. Actually it’s not the final story, I plan to make another painted leaf which will sail with the ship. Unfortunately, I had mood swing and too many ideas screaming in my head (and like always, when it happened I could become the most indecisive-lazy-sleepy headed man you can imagine) so I left it till… Maybe soon my heart will say, “Go!” Keep calm and espresso yourself, your cup your rule! #zerowastecoffee & #coffeeonleaf
15 5 14. “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is even we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.” A.A. Milne. Coffee stains on leaf. #zerowastecoffee #coffeeonleaf A photo posted by Ghidaq al-Nizar (coffee) (@coffeetopia) on
14 8 22. Hi, my little friend,enjoy my morning coffee? -_-” A gecko made of coffee grinds. 😀 #zerowastecoffee & #seniampaskopi A photo posted by Ghidaq al-Nizar (coffee) (@coffeetopia) on