Erin O’Malley explores the interaction of light with transparent and reflective surfaces. Her photographs are a series of experiments, a process of trial and error that builds upon past successes through the manipulation of variables. The staged environments she creates are based upon light, perspective, and materials. In addition to reflective found objects and dynamic lighting systems, her staging generally involves glass, plastic, liquid or resin. Check out more of her successful experiments here.
David Moreno’s idea of rule-based art is to use chance as an expressive element in the process of his work. Moreno works freehand creating beautiful effects through various processes. Using wet paper on a sheet of glass with a spiral of thread as a mask and rows of hole punched paper, he then adds blue ink to create “Spiral and Dot Blue.” A fan is used for a random scattering of white dots in “Drip Displacement.” Inspired by the movies of David Lynch, Moreno’s early career involved photography and film. Moreno is best known for his obsessive drawings which he draws freehand or with draughtsman’s tools. You can see more examples of Moreno’s work at Moma.org
Saskia Pomeroy graduated from Glasgow School of art in 2007. Saskia Pomeroy lives and works in London as a visual artist and freelance illustrator, working for clients such as FOLK clothing, Sketch Mayfair, H&M and Topman. Clients include Peter Saville and Brian Eno. Saskia works in a variety of mediums such as print, drawing, and textiles. Her style has a strong focus on the use of colour and directionality through shapes. Saskia’s time as a screen printer has directly informed this type of abstract print work. This is also true of her drawing work although more illustrative, is often an abstraction of real forms and themes such as nature and ancient art, glyphs and symbols. See more on her website.
Jennifer Mehigan is originally from Ireland and now lives in Singapore where she is part of the thriving art scene there. She creatively mixes digital and traditional methods with her signature use of amorphous forms, bold mark-making and colour. There is order in the seemingly random arrangement of shapes and colours which is probably down to her background in graphic design. Check out more of her work on Flickr.
James Dawe is a London born and based artist and commercial illustrator whose original take on diverse subjects can be relied upon to throw up the unexpected. His ability to explore various levels of consciousness in his work often results in dramatic imagery, helped by a few happy accidents along the way. James has a broad array of clients, both domestically and internationally, some of which include The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ Austrailia, Nike, Wieden & Kennedy and Wired Japan. Check out his tumblr for further inspiration.
Patternbank were drawn to these amazing abstracted architectural drawings from Lekan Jeyifous’ ‘Settlement and City Strategies’ series. Though outputted digitally, the drawings possess a textured and painterly quality as a result of combining hand-drawn sketches, industrial textures, surfaces of deteriorated paper, and digital architectural models. See more of Lekan’s work on his portfolio site vigilism.com
Colour within mother nature never stops to surprise and mesmerize us. These amazing images are the work of Australian photographer Steve Back. The colourful abstract shots are of Hutt Lagoon, the world’s largest Beta Carotene farm which cultivates naturally occurring algae in a network of man made ponds. The vivid reflecting hues of hot pink and zesty orange creates stunning natural patterns in dramatic scale.
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