Posted By Olly / 12th March 2013
When we first wrote about Op Art in fashion, we were looking back at the fashions of the 1960s. Although there were some designers who were using Op Art inspired designs when we wrote the article back in 2010, they were few in number.
Contrast that with 2013 when Op Art clothing and fashion is everywhere. Ever since Marc Jacobs brought out his Op Art collection in the late summer of last year, we’ve seen more and more Op Art influenced clothing appear first in the designer collections and then on the high street.
Simply Be have recently produced an affordable range of Op Art womenswear. Click on the main image below to jump to their site.
Posted By Olly / 8th December 2012
This beautiful photo of the back of the Zilinskas Art Gallery building in Kaunas city, Lithuania was taken by Vulok Vulovak in late October 2012.
Zilinskas Art Gallery by Vulok Vulovak
The light and architecture work together perfectly to create a ‘natural’ Op Art effect with repeating bands of black and white curving smoothly away into the distance. This photo is completely ‘raw’ in that no editing of any kind (e.g. photoshop) has been done to it. Thanks to Vulok for sending it in. You can see more of Vulok’s work on his website.
Posted By Olly / 28th November 2012
Mexican artist Ramiro Chávez Tovar has created another mesmerising Op Art piece called “Nested Spaces” or “Espacios Anidados” using only black, white and various shades of grey. As with his previous ‘Ghost‘ piece, “Nested Spaces” is almost impossible to look at for any length of time and has a very strong visual effect.
Espacios Anidados – Nested Spaces – Ramiro Chávez Tovar
You can see the original piece over at Ramiro’s Deviant Art page.
Posted By Olly / 20th November 2012
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.
Untitled (icy spicy) 2011 Sascha Braunig – Oil on Canvas over wood panel 66×48.3cm
You can see more of Sascha’s fascinating work here.
Record High – 2012 – Sascha Braunig – Oil on Linen over panel – 40.6 x 50.8cm
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.
Goldwarp – 2010 – Sascha Braunig- Oil on canvas – 46 x 35.5 cm
Posted By Olly / 6th November 2012
Bloomberg recently teamed up with Artnet to analyse the sale prices for the works of around 1,000 artists (living and dead) in order to determine which artists’ works were increasing in value the most.
Cleveland based ‘first generation’ Op Artist Julian Stanczak came out 6th in their analysis with his works increasing in value over 3,000% over the last 12 years.
Stanczak was one of the artists who was featured in the groundbreaking ‘Responsive Eye’ exhibition that really brought Op Art to the attention of the mainstream in the mid 1960s. He is currently 81 years old and is still painting. He lives in Ohio with his wife Barbara.
You can see the top 15 hottest artist list at Bloomberg’s site.