A Christchurch artist is deep-frying iPads and laptops in the name of art.

Former Christ's College pupil Henry Hargreaves has stunned the New York art world with his series of photographs depicting 'Deep Fried Gadgets'.

The New York-based photographer was inspired by a viral video of Japanese teenagers deep-frying a Sony PlayStation and attempting to eat it.

"A lot of my ideas are fairly random - just things I think will look cool," says the 32-year-old former model and face of Prada.


"I'm really into cultural mash-ups and looking at the results of bringing together two worlds so far apart."

Hargreaves has been criticised for wasting electronic goods - a MacBook, Gameboy, iPhone, and an external hard drive - despite saying he recreated each item using foam, cardboard, and photographs.

The Canterbury University graduate is used to being in the spotlight.

Last month, he hit the headlines for his celebrity portraits created from burnt toast.

He charred 900 slices of bread to create each member of the Beatles, Her Majesty the Queen, and Marilyn Monroe, and photographing them on the floor of his Brooklyn studio.

Despite some people telling him it was "the best thing since sliced bread", he was also slammed for wasting food.

"It goes with the territory," he said.

"Oscar Wilde once said, 'There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about'.

"My main thing is that when I get an idea, I just want pursue it and finish it, and then move on to the next thing."

The most controversial of his works, however, has been his 3DD books - which features photos of women and their breasts in 3D.

The books became publishing sensations, and his website still features "new books every day."

But one of the most memorable parts to that project, was getting his two books into his old school's library.

"Every Christ's College old boy who publishes a book gets a copy in the school library," says Hargreaves, who returns to Christchurch every year.

"I gave copies to the Old Boys' Association and they sent me a letter saying both 3DD books went into the Alexander Turnbull Library.

"They are under lock and key because they were worried about over-use by the boys."