Although design is my primary passion, fine art, in its many forms, is a subset that I enjoy with equal satisfaction. From illustration and painting to photography and film, one hallmark of great art (and also great artists) is consistency. You can argue that having a certain style, technical skills, or a unique and creative vision are all elements that define a skilled artist. However, I’d postulate that one thing you find from almost every master in any genre is consistency of work. If I can see a piece and identify the artist because their consistency in style and form, I tend to appreciate their work and the effort that went into its creation. The difficulty in developing one’s own style and refining skills all while creating consistent work is why most people aren’t artists.
Another good quality is having an eye for seeing things differently. Whether or not you like the results, talented artists can visualize concepts and realize them better than the average person. Being able to translate these visions to paper, screen or canvas with a consistent touch is where all forms of human made beauty develop.
On a walk in San Francisco’s Mission District a few weekends ago, I came across an artist’s work that was just downright fun to view yet had the elements of consistency and vision I mentioned above. The artist was Bay Area native Michael Murphy. An architect by trade, his interests in design and art led him to develop a series of illustrations called Supersonic. After you see a few of his pieces you might easily connect with the concepts and feel a bit of nostalgia. I think his description of this series says it best:
‘The following images represent a personal study that attempts to concurrently synthesize several realities. The ultimate goal is to create a fresh, contemporary tectonic, while recognizing certain influences of mid-20th century design and cultural zeitgeist. Atomic deserts, hovering metal ships, roadside steel and glass, space age superhighways- all come to mind. These are purely iconic images however, not ingredients for a nostalgic recreation of a particular style. The moods and environments are deliberately ambiguous; it is left to the viewer to decide if they are looking at places of desolation and loneliness or scenes of quiet solitude.’
So, an A+ for both consistency and great visual realization. Check out his website at: www.supersonic.designinblue.com
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