Thursday, September 29, 2011
Week 3 - Aubrey Beardsley
I chose Aubrey Beardsley as my featured artist for this week. His style of illustration is one which has certainly caught my eye in the past, however until recently I didn't know his name. Beardsley's illustrations were greatly influential in the Art Nouveau period. His precise line work accentuates the main points of interest in each composition. Alternating between ornate detail and sparse minimalism, Beardsley's lines are essentially used to emphasize form. There is a kind of quality in his work which captures the romanticism of England in the late 1800s. For this reason, his work is wonderfully suited to accompany the writings of Oscar Wilde. I am personally a big Oscar Wilde fan, and so when I saw these great illustrations that went hand-in-hand with his writing style, I was instantly a fan of his work. The images I chose to show here demonstrate Beardsley's humor as well as his technical ability. The image on the left hints at comic-book styles and even surrealism. A link to more of his work is below. There's no official website or anything since he's from the 19th century but just Google image it if you're interested... its great stuff, I love it...