Although clearly not an ‘Op Artist’ in any traditional sense Sasha Braunig uses some of the techniques employed by the Op Artists, making use of high contrast colours and repeating geometric patterns and shapes in order to create a distancing and vibrating effect for the viewer. However, unlike the Op Artists, Sascha’s work is not purely abstract – they are in fact portraits – and this allows her to introduce what she calls a ‘psychological’ effect as well as ‘retinal’ effect.
Her series of portraits, three of which are shown below, combine elements of Surrealist Art, Baroque Art and Op Art to stunning and somewhat hypnotic effect.
You can see more of Sascha’s fascinating work here.
Sascha currently lives and works in Portland, ME. She holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, and an MFA in painting from Yale University.Sascha Braunig: Op Portraiture by Olly