“The “trait anglais” technique is hardly used today; it had its heyday in the press in the sixties when it was used mainly in advertising. The drawing was done in India ink for reproduction in black and white. For this portrait of Marilyn, I used the same technique, but introduced an extra dimension – that of color.” (Abderrahmane Doulache)
Abderrahmane has just released a very cleverly constructed Op Art portrait of James Dean. Click on the thumbnail below to see the portrait on artlimited.
I’m really pleased to be starting 2012 with a hugely talented South American Op Artist, Tony. Tony runs the blog ‘Tony Digital Art & Design‘ where he posts up his artwork. I originally came across Tony via Marco Braun‘s flickr page, and contacted him late last year. After agreeing to show his work on the site, I had the difficult task of picking out 8 pieces for this post: ‘difficult’ because Tony’s Op Art is all so incredibly good it’s almost impossible to choose one piece over another.
Tony, who is 43, works as an Industrial Designer, was born and raised in Argentina, and has his own vinyl graphics and ‘giant printing’ company.
“I am really keen on geometry and color, and I draw my artwork completely in my computer, in vector format, which enables me to print it to any size keeping the art definition. I really enjoy handling geometry, color and vectors in my computer. I just sit down in front of the computer and start experimenting freely with shapes and colors. As time goes by, ideas start to come up, as do ways of experimenting with those shapes and colors.”
If you visit Tony’s design blog, you’ll notice that all of his pieces are named after songs he likes.
“I am frequently asked about the reason for choosing names of songs for my artwork. I pick the names of songs that I like and that bear no relation to the artwork. I prefer not to give an artwork any name that might condition its viewing, which I consider should be as neutral as possible.”
Tony is a huge fan of early abstract art and of each successive movement of abstract and kinetic art right up to the present day.
Aside from his art, Tony really enjoys kayaking in the delta of the Tigre, in Buenos Aires, as well as golfing and other outdoor activities. You can see some great photos of Tony’s kayaking excursions on his Delta Argentino blog. If you’d like to see more of Tony’s artwork, then I can’t recommend highly enough Tony’s Digital Art & Design Blog. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of Tony’s work on the site in the future.