2020 Topic 18 Geometric
Hello, Keren here with some introductory thoughts and images for our latest Geometric theme. Ask people about 'geometric style' and the chances are that they'll talk about modern, clean lines, sharp corners and a very structured form of art. Surprisingly, the art form in its origins is certainly not new and began on Grecian vases!
The Geometric style began around 900BC, was centred around Athens and had its market amongst wealthy city dwellers. The vase designs abandoned the previous love of circles and arcs and was superceded by triangles and zigzags and meanders. On the vases were horizontal bands framing angular patterns using the contrast of dark paint on light coloured vases. Fast forward to a period that some would link with geometric art; Cubism and the subsequent geometric abstract art popularised by Mondrian. Whatever its beginnings, 'geometric' has been a trend for a little while, eschewing fussy florals and busy cluttered rooms. Leaving the history aside, let's have a look at some current art to be found on the PaperArtsy blog:
Nikki Acton has created some wonderful baked texture art using geometric shapes (which aren't exactly the same as geometry nor geometric art (strictly speaking)), but you'll know by now how much I enjoy blurring the lines of definitions and as far as this topic goes, geometric, geometry and geometric art are all welcome here!