All around creative Josef Albers is a big inspiration to me. Although most people think he only excelled in painting, which he did explore thoroughly throughout his lifetime, he was also an accomplished designer, photographer, printmaker, poet, and typographer. Covering all these different directions is quite a feat, and this just showed his expressive nature, he adopted any method which interpreted his thoughts on to paper. The series itself begun in 1949, at the age of 62, in which he produced hundreds of variations on the basic compositional scheme of three or four squares set inside each other. I’m drawn to this geometric approach, which in turn inspired me write an article on Nathalie Du Pasquier, a painter currently living in Milan, Italy.
Interestingly, Nathalie had similar design excursions throughout her lifetime. Early on she designed textiles, furniture and other objects, but in 1987 she decided to pursue painting as her main activity. Now she explores the relationship between different shapes on canvas, mainly experimenting with geometric forms. Often her works can look like a building or a structure, which is probably appealing to a designer like myself, well an individual who enjoys architecture and the forms that surround it.
I’d like to talk about her newest series from 2013, an example seen above and throughout this post. This series really struck a chord with me, I see it as the linking of multiple shapes to create unique and interesting patterns. Some of the other series in the past revolved around literal ‘still life’ forms, such as shelves with objects on, where as now these more abstract works are really quite mesmerising. Hopefully you’ll like these too and will head over to Nathalie’s website to check out more. I certainly can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!