abstract art

Roy Lichtenstein and George Seurat.

Roy Lichtenstein and George Seurat are two artists from different eras, however their styles of work are very similar. Both of them use strokes and patterns to make the image, rather than using a blend or block of colour in one area. Both of these artists have influenced me to think about the idea of mosaics, and how you can use patterns of colour to make an image.

Reflections on Minerva 1990 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Reflections on Minerva 1990 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Whaam! 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Whaam! 1963 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Haystacks #7 1969 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

Haystacks #7 1969 by Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997

What I like especially with them both is the abstract feel in the pictures. Despite Lichtenstein uses harsh lines to outline the pictures, the detail inside are very minimal, using dots or lines to blend two block colours into one. Similarly to Seurat’s work, his blends of colours next to each other bring the picture together as you look at it from afar.

La Parade 1889

La Parade 1889

The Eiffel Tower 1889

The Eiffel Tower 1889

The Seine With Courbevoie

The Seine With Courbevoie

I love how the images up close may not be as clear to see than if you were to look at it from a set distance away. This is because the eye merges the colours together, creating an illusion of tone without the picture needing to do it for you. This reminds me a lot of the mosaic idea that I want to go with, alongside with the experiments I have done. By experimenting with the sizes and distances of the patterns using Photoshop, the image became clearer to see as you saw it from afar, rather than if you was to focus on a small area.

http://www.georgesseurat.org/the-complete-works.html

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/lichtenstein-whaam-t00897

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