Saturday, February 15, 2014

Waves

A couple weeks ago at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, I was inspired by the work of a couple artists.  San Francisco based Brendan Monroe and New York based Matthew Fisher both work in a variety of mediums, but their work in ink really appeals to me.  I've always been attracted to bold contrast; especially black and white.  So, naturally, ink has enabled me to explore this world of high contrast in my own art, and always impresses me whenever it's used to create complex forms.

At the Art Book Fair, I discovered a collection of studies by Matthew Fisher for his wave paintings.  The studies are monochrome ink drawings, with watercolor or ink wash rendering, and white paper dot collage.  They have a similar frozen kinetic, stylistic feel to the wave paintings by Japanese artist Hokusai.

Here are some of my own interpretations of waves inspired by the style of Matthew Fisher.

Large Waves, 6.5" x 3.5"
6.5" x 3.5"

4.0" x 4.5"

Drawn on a Post-It®
Actual size