Artist Overcomes Fear of Needles, Creates Masterpieces Using Paint-Filled Syringes And Bubble Wrap

Bradley Hart / Instagram

New York painter Bradley Hart used to be terrified of needles.

In 2008, Hart was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 31 years old at the time and he thought that life as he knew it was over. Part of the treatment regimen involved self-injections, which first terrified the artist.

Now, Hart embraces the needles and syringes, using them to create artistic masterpieces.

Hart uses bubble wrap as a canvas, then injects paint into the bubbles, creating bubble wrap interpretations of great works of art.


The artist refers to himself as an “Injectionist,” his technique borrowing from Pointillism, involving small, distinct dots of color collectively forming an image. 

Hart has recreated hundreds of famous artworks and celebrity portraits with this injection method.

The tedious process involves filling rows of tiny bubble wrap cells with different hues of acrylic paint.

It takes 4-5 days alone to preload the 1,800 to 2,500 syringes the paintings require, from a palette containing 116 colors. 

Each project takes between three weeks to a month to complete.

Hart produces two separate paintings—the pixelated picture in front, and an impressionist image created by the drippings from the back.

According to Insider, when Hart learned bubble wrap was originally intended to be marketed as wallpaper, it inspired him.

“Researching the history of bubble wrap and realizing that it was meant to be wallpaper brought me around to this great idea…

What is a painting—short of the cultural significance and historical value it may obtain over time? It’s ostensibly a wall covering.”

Bradley Hart

Hart has come around since his MS diagnosis and a fear of needles almost a decade later.

“I realized, ‘Oh my God, how perverse is this? You wouldn’t inject yourself for a decade, but you’re sitting here with thousands of syringes in front of you, injecting paint into bubble wrap!’”

Bradley Hart

Watch Hart’s process and work below and follow him on Instagram:

Lead image: Bradley Hart / Instagram.


Written by Abigale Racine