In this painting I started with the fabric. It is designed by British designer, Lucienne Day and is called Calyx dated 1951. Since sewing patterns are plentiful from the 1950s, it wasn’t difficult to find one suitable for the fabric.
I copied a photograph of Day and cut out one of the pattern pieced in white paper trying to match the curves of the material design and the structure she is leaning on to give the painting flow.
The style of fabric and wallpaper designs in the post WWII years enjoyed the freedom of creating dynamic and stimulating patterns inspired by art, architecture and science. And it was called “Contemporary” style.
The cartoons of Saul Steinberg, paintings of Miro and Klee, and the mobiles of Alexander Calder influenced Day. Her design vocabulary was imaginative, inventive, playful, and colorful and exhibited a high level of artistic awareness.
Oil on canvas board
14" X 11"
$770.00, plus shipping
Leighann Foster, email@example.com
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