Original Vasarely work for sale at Heritage Auctions

Original Vasarely work for sale at Heritage Auctions

A forthcoming (23rd November 2013) auction at Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com – great domain name – somebody was forward thinking there) sees 3 works by Victor Vasarely for sale. 1 is an original signed painting and 2 are prints. If you are interested in owning some work by the father of Op Art then I would strongly suggest you have a look.

The original work is:

Cheyt-N

CHEYT-N, 1981

Acrylic on canvas

28 x 28 inches (71.1 x 71.1 cm)

Signed bottom right; additionally titled, signed, and dated

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000.

http://fineart.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=5167&lotNo=65104

The 2 prints are:

Untitled

Untitled

Lithograph in colors

27-1/4 x 26-1/2 inches (69.2 x 67.3 cm)

Ed. 145/250

Signed and numbered in pencil

Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500.

http://fineart.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=5167&lotNo=65102

and:

Untitled

Untitled 

Silkscreen in color

26 x 26 inches (66.0 x 66.0 cm)

Ed. 88/250

Signed and numbered in pencil

Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500.

http://fineart.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=5167&lotNo=65103

 

The Op Art Ceramics of Sara Moorhouse

The Op Art Ceramics of Sara Moorhouse

Sara Moorhouse produces beautiful Op Art ceramic pieces out of her studio in Cardiff, Wales.  Her work has been exhibited at the Royal College at CAL and at the Saatchi Gallery at Collect amongst other places.

When doing her masters (in Cardiff at the UWIC School of Art and Design) in 2003, she started to explore colour and spacial perception in ceramics: “The work explores the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather, time and farming. The bowls act as a canvas for paintings that distil specific landscape scenes, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. The forms can be made to seem wider or narrower, deeper or shallower, heavier or lighter, or they may appear to undulate, bend, move or hover by the juxtaposition of finer lines. The viewing of both inner and outer surfaces together enables me to exploit colour connections and visual play from one side to another, emphasising or flattening the dimensionality of the form.

Her latest series of work is called ‘Pulse’ of which she says:

“Through my work I explore the ways in which spaces within landscape appear altered depending on the ever-changing colours of season, weather and time. The conical forms act as canvases for paintings in which colours from landscape are distilled into bands, perceptibly altering the size, depth and shape of the form by the applied colour. Although landscape remains the original source, through my new works I have begun to explore the apparent movement and colour illusion achievable through the particular arrangements of colour and line.

In my latest series ‘Pulse 1’, contrasting tones and varied band widths encourage the form to vibrate, pulsate and ‘breathe’. Lines either concur with the perspective of the form or do not. Inside and outside spaces contradict each other making the form increasingly uncertain as straight walls appear to curve one way and then another. Bold injections of colour at the top and base of the forms further animate them as the intense colour sings against the more monochrome linear arrangements. Furthermore, the colour adds to the uncertainty of the form as the external bright colour suggests an illusory foot and the upper bright band appears to tilt backwards, seeming to widen the form. These forms then stir and are alive and in that sense only appear in a temporary state.

In ‘Pulse 2’ equidistant lines on one surface contradict expanding lines on the other surface making the shape of the form, from inside to outside, appear uncertain. In the pair of forms ‘The Same Red’ the red bands in each are indeed the same but appear completely different due to the change in the neighbouring blues.”

Sara’s work was recently featured in (September’s issue of) Homes and Antiques magazine.  You can find out more about Sara including where to buy her work at her website SaraMoorhouse.com.

Sonia Enache Original Op Art Fashion Show – Friday 28th June in Bucharest

Sonia Enache Original Op Art Fashion Show – Friday 28th June in Bucharest

Sonia Enache is a 26 year old fashion student at the University of Arts in Bucharest who has produced the amazing Op Art inspired designs you see below.

Sonia Enache - GraphX

Her graduation show is on tonight (Friday 28th June 2013) at 9pm @ 28 Calea Griviței, Bucharest (Romania) so if you are in Bucharest and want to see some inspired Op Art fashion designs then head on over there.  The collection has been coordinated by Razvan Vasilescu. Entrance to the show is free.

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 1

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 2

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 3

The collection is called GraphX and makes use of digital printing direct onto the fabric – a process that has revolutionized fabric design in general.  In addition to the clothing designs, Sonia created all the Op Art patterns herself in Adobe Illustrator.

“I discovered my interest in op art this year, when one of my teachers encouraged me to go in this direction with my designs. So I began thinking practically about how optical illusions would look on textiles – in a way that retained the optical illusion aspect.  I had always been attracted to this type of art – one of my favourite artists being Maurits Cornelis Escher.  I also love Bridget Riley’s works, Vasareli’s and recently I found Helen Owen‘s works which I think are very original and beautiful.”

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 4

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 5

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 6

“The first illusion print I designed was based on putting black and white rectangles together in different sizes and then distorting them with a twist effect. People who saw the print on fabric uncut became dizzy very quickly. My tailor turned the fabric on the other side when she cut it because she was getting dizzy, too”

Sonia Enache GraphX collection 7
Sonia Enache GraphX collection 8
Sonia Enache GraphX collection 9
Sonia Enache GraphX collection 10

If you would like to contact Sonia about her designs then you can do so on soniaenache13@yahoo.com

All photos by animat.

Thanks Sonia for getting involved and good luck with the show!

UPDATE:

Unsurprisingly the show was a big success.  Here’s a photo from the catwalk:

Sonia Enache catwalk