An art concept that often finds its way into interiors and sculptural architecture, we reflect on the colourful world of geometric exploration in this Art at Home feature.
Often inspired by the natural world, perception, and human engagement, geometric exploration captures the essence of pop art with its bright colours and bold forms. We look at seven artists from around the globe dissecting this concept as part of their practice.
Melbourne-based artist Ben Sheers is inspired by the balance of negative and positive space in his geometric explorations. Small cut-paper collages directly influenced his recent sculptures after collaging with his two sons — the simplicity of mark-making evident in the clean forms and primary colours. This ideology continues into Ben’s canvas works with oil paints capturing the purity of volume and shape in gestural creations.
Known and loved for her pops of colour and geometric form, Sydney-based Evi O captures the essence of life in curves and clean lines. A wanderer and explorer, the artist looks to nature to guide her artworks. As an award-winning designer, Evi O’s practice outside of art influences her understanding of shapes and tones and how they can work harmoniously to paint a picture of our absorbing world.
Based in Sydney’s picturesque Blue Mountains, Morgan Shimeld utilises sculpture to convey a sense of harmony within his monochromatic abstracted forms. Minimalist in nature, the artworks take expressive weight, as cast metals like steel and bronze are rendered light and buoyant. The artist aims for clean lines and complex geometric forms that retain balance.
Sydney-based sculptor and painter Stephen Ormandy is best known for his popular brand, Dinosaur Designs with wife Louise Olsen. However, it’s the primary colours and geometric exploration in both disciplines that landed Stephen on this list. Inspired by the natural world, the artist interprets the patterns of life, translating them into oil paintings or ‘3D collages’.
In a distinct geometric style, Melbourne-based artist Bec Smithexplores abstraction, non-objective designs, and colour. Calling on her background in graphic design, the artist is inspired by the early design language of the Bauhaus and 20th-century postmodernism.
Bec’s artworks hone in on tone and form as representations of perception. Still, it’s their fun hues and soothing symmetry that has seen them appear on walls across Australia, Leif products, and now in three-dimensional form.
Brazilian artist Eduardo Santos produces kaleidoscopic artworks that play with the viewer’s perception as we gaze into the shape-shifting forms. The artist works intuitively and experimentally to delve deep into geometric exploration. The depths of illusion are inspired by the sublime effects of nature — how even the turning of time can shift what we see.
Brisbane-based artist Andy Harwood uses the visual language of geometric and non-representational form to create bright and vivid artworks. The artist employs mathematics to create contrasting chromatic spectrums and intricate patterns, achieving a sense of energy that radiates throughout the hypnotic paintings.