Art breeding

Living organisms change over generations, bringing with them attributes of their parents, but developing additional attributes in new (and sometimes unprecedented) ways.

To bring a similar type of evolutionary growth to art, I’m “breeding” art pieces. This experiment started in March of 2018 and has no planned end date.

Here’s how art breeding works:

1. I select two parent pieces

I’ll choose two original art pieces I’ve created for a round of art breeding. They might be in a similar style, medium, or color.


2. I shred the two parents

Via some method or other, I’ll render the parent art pieces into a pile of art fragments. My primary approach is to punch them into hexagon shapes.


3. I combine their pieces

I’ll take all the resulting pieces and scramble them. This leaves a collection of material to work with to breed new art. This will include the majority of the original drawings (though some bits will be lost in the process).


4. I reassemble them into new art

With all the art fragments, I’ll assemble two or more entirely new child pieces. Each of these art pieces will contain roughly the same amount of fragments from the originals, and each will include a random mixture from the parent pieces.


Alphabetical list: art breeding families

Here’s where you can take a look at all the families that have procreated since the experiment began. They are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the family name to see the art pieces (and in many cases, the parent pieces they were made from).



  1. Anonymous Blue Family (2 child pieces)
  2. Below My House Family (2 child pieces)
  3. Broken Cords Family (4 child pieces)
  4. Do Not Bring It Home Family (5 child pieces)
  5. Instruct and Support Family (2 child pieces)
  6. Jagged Somewhere Family (2 child pieces)
  7. Listening Flame Family (2 child pieces)
  8. Lost Portrait Family (5 child pieces)
  9. Mercury Bell Family (3 child pieces)
  10. Noiseless Noise Family (4 child pieces)
  11. Seeing, Not Seeing Family (4 child pieces)
  12. Servant on the Throne Family (3 child pieces) 
  13. The Silent Way Family (3 child pieces)


Gallery: selected pieces

Scroll through a selection of pieces from various families.


glossary of art breeding terms

to assemble one or more child art pieces from the combined parts of two parent art pieces.

an art piece that has been assembled from the combined parts of two parent art pieces.

a set of art pieces including an origin set of parents and the child pieces they yielded. families may span multiple generations.

first generation:
the wave of art pieces that emerges from parents that have never been previously bred.

an art piece that has been selected to be paired with another art piece to breed offspring.

second generation:
the wave of art pieces that emerges from parents that have been bred once previously.