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The canvas of the Mona Lisa which  is on display in Clapham Common in south London

The canvas of the Mona Lisa which is on display in Clapham Common in south London

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The canvas of the Mona Lisa which is on display in Clapham Common in south London

A Plumbridge artist has been revealed as the mastermind behind a huge Mona Lisa mosaic after the famous painting was named the nation's favourite portrait.

Quentin Devine created the canvas using 84 individual self-portraits submitted to Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year competition.

The homage to Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece stands on a 14-metre high easel in Clapham in south London and measures five metres by seven metres – 85 times bigger than the original portrait hanging in the Louvre.

Mr Devine (36) spent a painstaking two months designing and building the piece of giant artwork.

"It was a hard task and takes a lot of time and practice because it can be very time consuming, but it paid off in the end," he said.

"It has been one of the largest-scale digital art projects I've worked on in my 13 years of being a multimedia artist.

"I used the same practice as I do with my coin art.

"I bring the pixel resolution down and make it as small as possible and then I blew it up.

"I then cross-reference it with all the pictures that I have.

"I have been given many design challenges including a giant monument of Roy Hodgson which was the same size as the Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue," he added.

The Tyrone man – who lives in Surrey with his wife – has been creating the 'crazy PR stunts' for a number of years.

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