Over the past decade, retro video games have become highly sought after items in the collector’s market. Whether it’s the simplicity of the graphics and gameplay or the nostalgia that most gamers have had from their childhood, fans of the medium are finding fragments of their youth as more and more retro stores cater for these. needs are emerging across the country.
Artist Adam Shub, the Squarepainter, does his part in a different way and pays homage to classic games of yesteryear with “GAME ON: The Pixel Paintings of Adam Shub”, which pays homage to video games at the Trigonal Gallery and can be seen from now through August 9.
Shub is known for his work with the Living in 8 Bits YouTube series and his collaborations with the online community Retroware TV. His work requires him to carefully hand-crisscross every pixel on the canvas, which can take months for a detailed scene.
Shub’s all-time favorite game is Earthbound for the SNES, a sequel to the game Mother on the NES, which inspired him to produce parodies or mashups inspired by the show’s universe, such as a painting that showed Stranger Things cast Earth scene.
Shub’s works are now available on Artsy and include Street Fighter pieces; Streets of Rage Showdown; and You Are a Tetris Master, which is based on the NES game cinematic where some of Nintendo’s well-known characters congratulate the winner.
One of Shub’s pieces, Legend of the Dragon Ninja, is depicted on a 24×48 inch canvas with a cut scene montage of Ninja Gaiden from NES, which is considered the first video game to feature cutscenes.
Trigonal Gallery is located at Strictly CBD, 394 Communipaw Ave., Jersey City. The show is also available digitally on Artsy.