Vincent van Gogh reproductions on display at Oakridge Mall

You may have seen a print of The Starry Night hanging on the wall before, but van Gogh's great-great-great nephew says the 3D reproductions on display highlights the texture and technique his illustrious ancestor was so famous for.

Great-great-great nephew says 3D reproductions use new technology to show brush technique, texture

Willem van Gogh (right) stands in front of a 3D reproduction of Vincent van Gogh's paintings of sunflowers. With him is a model in a dress that pays tribute to van Gogh's sunflowers (Arianna Dametto)

Oakridge Centre Mall is hosting a collection of highly realistic 3D Vincent van Gogh reproductions until the end of March.

And while reproductions of an artist's work usually don't draw a lot of interest, Vincent van Gogh's great-great-great nephew says his famous ancestor would have been pleased with the exhibit.

Willem van Gogh, in town for the exhibit's opening, says Vincent van Gogh supported the idea of making prints of his paintings, so they could hang in places where people could see them everyday.

"Vincent wanted to share his art with everybody," Willem van Gogh told On The Coast guest host Chris Brown.

"He was, so to say, a fairly democratic artist. He made his art to share with his family, with his neighbours, his friends, the postman, the man with the beard, everybody. And now we can make his dream come true."

Reproductions of Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night painting hang in dorm rooms around the world and magnets of his sunflowers stick to many fridges.

However, Willem van Gogh says the reproductions on display are much more faithful thanks to new technology. They are of the same size, brightness, colour and even texture as the originals.

"If you visit the museum in Amsterdam, of course you're not allowed to touch the original ones, and these, if you buy them, you can touch them yourself," he said.

"That's one of the characteristics Vincent is so famous for: his thick oil paint, his brushstrokes and firm way of painting."

The exhibit features nine of van Gogh's most famous works, and will be open to the public until Mar. 27.

A woman touches a 3D reproduction of one of Vincent van Gogh's works at a launch event for the Oakridge Centre exhibit. Willem van Gogh is in the background. (Arianna Dametto)

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