One of my favorite artists of all time is Alphonse Mucha. He is well known for the influence he had on the Art Nouveau movement in the late nineteenth century. As a graduation gift last year my parents gave me a book full of images of his work and ever since then i have been paging through it for inspiration; the book has at least three bookmarks in it at all times. I am really inspired by the complicated patterns and flowing lines in his work. I also love his color schemes and the way he often places a circle behind the head of his subject matter. His work has realistic figures, but colorful patterned backgrounds that i love.
Recently I have been using some of these things as inspiration in my own work. I have experimented with placing a circle behind the head to add emphasis to the face, and I have played around with similar color schemes in warm and neutral colors.
While I have taken inspiration from Mucha, I put my own spin on it. I have combined elements of his work with the camouflaged patterns that I have been working on recently. Because of this my paintings do not have the smooth, even skin tones of Mucha’s work.
Below i have included one of my favorite paintings by Alphonse Muncha, titled Thistle From the Sands, and two of my paintings inspired by him.