A neutral, yet elegant color palette inspired by Sir Peter Paul Rubens’ portraiture Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria, radiates royal splendor with cool grays, warm grays, and earth tones accented with rich red, copper and metallic gold. (Pantone color guide inspired by Ruben’s artwork: Pantone Warm Gray 1 C, Pantone Cool Gray 1 C, Pantone Cool [...]
Johannes Cornelisz Verspronk’s Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer inspired this romantic decorative color scheme that is an artful blend of warm earth tones, pinks and blues. (Pantone color guide inspired by Verspronck’s artwork: Pantone 698 C, Pantone 7605 C, Pantone 453 C, Pantone 5773 C, Pantone 7561 C, Pantone 551 C, Pantone 7546 C [...]
When Venice was an island of wooden structures in the thirteenth century, glassmakers were confined to the neighboring island of Murano. Because of the threat of fire, it was too dangerous to allow them to remain in Venice. The foundries moved in 1291, all the better to isolate the craft and the artisans that revolutionized [...]
A near-neon pop color palette of violet-blue, blue-greens, yellow, magenta, red, and black purple inspired by Warhol’s Green Marilyn. (Pantone color guide inspired by Warhol’s artwork: Pantone 605 C, Pantone 3232 C, Pantone 7465 C, Pantone7682 C, Pantone 0521 C, Pantone 199 C and Pantone 276 C.) Artwork Details: Green Marilyn (1962) by Andy Warhol [...]
This vibrant color palette of blues, greens, yellow and orange is inspired by Nicola Da Urbino’s “Panel with the Adoration of the Magi” (Pantone color guide inspired by Da Urbino’s artwork: Pantone 106 C, Pantone 144 C, Pantone 7526 C, Pantone 7737 C, Pantone 7734 C, Pantone 645 C and Pantone 287 C.) Artwork Details: [...]
This decorative room color scheme is inspired by Auguste Renoir’s famed portraiture of Mademoiselle Sicot which offers a rich and feminine color palette of soft purple, verdant green, and warm gray, accented with touches of black, gold and wine. (Pantone color guide inspired by Renoir’s artwork: Pantone 7445 C, Pantone Warm Gray 8 C, Pantone [...]
Artwork Details: Round Dish with the Wedding Feast of Cupid and Psyche (1562) by Leonard Limosin, Limoges, France. Enamel painted in grisaille on copper. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Home Décor Details: Aadi Black & Gold Curve Rug at Chandra Rugs.
Artwork Details: Bowl with sacrifice at Aulis and the Montmorency arms (1535). Workshop of Guido Durantino of Urbino. Tin-glazed Earthenware. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Home Décor Details:Athena Rug. Loloi Rugs.
Artwork Details: Vase (1736/1795). Qing Dynasty. Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. Home Décor Details: Chinese River Antique Rug at David E. Adler.
What Inspires Me: “We have a lot of fun in our studio coming up with a variety of finishes and patinas for mirrors. One company that inspires us is Modello Designs – they create amazing patterns and typography that lets us run rampant with our creativity for our clients and their one-of-a-kind mirrors. From a [...]
What Inspires Me: “Inspiration for interiors can come from a variety of sources but travel, books and art are are always high on my list. Photographer Candida Hofer captures all in her amazing work. Her visual studies are not only stunning but reminders of spaces accessible to us all as places of beauty and learning. [...]
What Inspires Me: “My inspiration piece from home is this portrait of my grandmother, an amazing woman I was lucky enough to have in my life. Every day from this portrait she encourages me to work my best and live life. Personal items with meaning can inspire us all. Every room should have something with [...]
“Art is communication, Internet is communication” – Alejandro Vigilante, Founder, i-Art Movement Alejandro Vigilante, the Argentine-born, banker turned jet-setting artist, is the driving force behind an exciting and vibrant art movement called “i-Art” that melds iconic pop culture with the fast and ever-changing world of Internet communications. Alejandro at work in his studio. Renowned design [...]
Betsy Youngquist’s “ Androcles and the Cat” ( 2010). Size: 12 x 22 x 8 in. Glass beads and stones, antique porcelain doll parts, vintage prosthetic eyes, urethane foam, unsanded tile grout, sealer. Mixed media artist Betsy Youngquist is definitely in the business of creating new life forms. She starts with carefully sculpted shapes (often [...]
Julie Richey’s “La Corrente” (The Current) ( 2010). Size: 29 x 22 x 22 in. Italian and Mexican smalti, marble, 24K gold smalti, seashells, chalcedony. It is easy to get swept away to the sea by Julie Richey’s “La Corrente”. Since the sculpture won the prize for Best 3 Dimensional at the 2010 Mosaic Arts [...]
Lynne Chinn’s “Winged Geode” (2007). Size: 9 x 29.5 x 13 in. Smalti, 24K gold smalti. Lynne Chinn’s mosaic sculptures immediately bring to mind the possibility of new life forms. The Texas-based artist is a master at making the hard materials of mosaic look soft, yielding and animate. In her breakout work, “Winged Geode”, Chinn [...]
I live for contemporary mosaics. As the editor of Mosaic Art NOW, I am constantly discovering artists who use the medium to express themselves in striking new ways. I also live with contemporary mosaics; they reside in my home right alongside the paintings, prints, textiles and sculptures my husband and I have collected over the [...]
Be enchanted: Sam Baron’s breathtakingly beautiful porcelain and mixed-media artwork is now on display through mid-July at the ‘Pegasus’ exhibit at Cristina Grajales Gallery (located at 10 Greene Street, 4th Floor, New York). For more details visit the gallery’s website.
Vivacious, high energy mosaic artwork by Christopher Guy illustrating the exuberance of Parisian Dancers. More Information: Christopher Guy
Decadently divine mosaic art depicting iconic Parisian dancers created by Christopher Guy. More Information: Christopher Guy
Interesting shop at the Paris Flea Market offering an eclectic mix of decor, art, antiques and knick knacks. No visit to Paris would be complete without a trip to the enchanting Marché aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt- famously known as the Paris Flea Market. Lucky for me, my friend Toma Haines the Chief Executive Diva [...]
Butterfly Be very careful if you decide to embark on a DIY project. It could change your life forever. In 1987, fashion designer Karen Thompson was restoring her home and taught herself the ancient craft of mosaics. It became her career, replacing fabric and buttons with ceramic and glass. Working with a vast range of [...]
Mosaic Garden and House. Born in the city of Sarajevo in 1924, now the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ilana Shafir knew from an early age she was an artist, though her parents were less than enthusiastic. As Shafir remembers, "In those days to be an artist was not a proper career choice for a [...]
The Vacationers. At first glance the artistic world of Mark Bulwinkle appears happy. Animals cavort, flowers bloom, a boy has hearts for eyes, the sun shines. The cartoon like images seem to be laughing at us, as if there is some private joke incised into each of them. Upon closer inspection, an energy emerges with [...]
Visualization of Proposal for the MTA. Bobby Silverman thought he wanted to be a social geographer, the study of spatial patterns, investigating how and why we live and work where we do. On the way to getting his degree, he took a detour to Japan. There he witnessed the daily use of beautiful handcrafted objects, [...]
Art of Board Kitchen Backsplash (detail) – tiles cut from old, discarded skateboards. Scratched, dented, smashed, and abused, what to do with skateboard relics that are too damaged to carry their intrepid riders? Rich Moorhead appreciated the dense 7-ply laminated maple, the graffiti inspired graphics, and turned up tails. Where others saw broken sports equipment [...]
Installation: “Natural Desire to Climb” Jack and the Beanstalk could do worse than to depend on the “Natural Desire to Climb” series of tile by Marie Gibbons to reach his lofty treasure. Inspired by the exhibit titled Ladders, for which the series was intended, the 5” square sgaffito tiles offer a toehold into the imaginative [...]
Sebastian Errazuriz’s "Beautiful Premonitions" exhibit will run from April 28th 2011 through June 24th 2011 at Cristina Grajales Gallery (10 Greene Street, 4th Floor, New York City). The “Beautiful Premonitions” exhibit will be Errazuriz’s second solo exhibition, and continues his exploration of artistic and design themes and processes from his first solo exhibit which debuted [...]
Ceramic artist Susan Tunick has a penchant for scale and surface. All of her creations, site-specific sculptures, mosaic murals and individual bricks and tiles are testaments to architecture. The surfaces are intricately laced, lush in color and texture. Studying architectural ornamentation has given Tunick a heightened awareness of edges, shadows and context-both physical and historical. [...]
“Cascade Dream”. Lisa TeviaClark has immersed herself in the material language of her medium. For the past thirty years she has experimented with clay and the alchemy of heat, salt, ash, minerals, and glazes. With her husband James Clark, she established Bella Vista Tile in 2003, as both a limited production studio and a [...]