First update of the New Year is from London based artist Schneider who uses cubes, lines and vivid contrasting colours to “question our perception of space and perspective, producing imagery that echoes the Op Art and Geometric art of the 60s and 70s. ”
Did you study art? If so, where?
Why do you like Op Art?
Hard to say other than I love pattern, repetition & the concept of lines & colours creating space, depth & movement. I saw a huge Bridget Riley at the Tate Gallery when I was a child and stood in front of it for ages. I get excited about huge blocks of identical high-rise flats for example. Needless to say Manhattan is a source of perpetual wonder.
How do you make your art?
I use Flash to generate the image and experiment with colours. I save hundreds of the best ideas and keep the ones I like most on my desktop for a while and from these print out the ones that stand the test of time. Something then tells me which ones to paint.
What’s the process for making one of your artworks?
I buy wood panels or get bigger ones made up. I paint them with 4 coats of gesso and sand them down until they are perfectly smooth and then map out the image and paint it. I’m a perfectionist so the work isn’t finished until every edge is perfect. Drives me mad sometimes.
Any other art you like and other artists that inspire or have inspired you.
The obvious inspirations are early – Bridget Riley & Vasarely, plus I love the primary colours & repetitions of Pop artists like Warhol & Lichtenstein. I have started painting series of the same image in different colours as a result.
If you would like to see more of Schneider’s works, you can do so here.
Schneider by Olly