Thursday, 1 December 2016

...... & the next artist is


Friedrensreich Hundertwasser (1928 - 2000) 

He was fascinated by spirals & had a dislike for straight lines which he described as 'the devil's tools' & 'godless & immoral. His work has been described as Transautomatism, a kind of Surrealism, focusing on fantasy. 
His work was not limited to architecture but he also made graphic work, lithographs, silk screen printings, etchings & woodcuts.
Much of his work is based on architecture & dominated by linear structures, with bright, intense colour, often using complementary colours with the addition of gold & silver, pasted on in thin foil. The work has simple organic form, with the same kinds of shape repeated again & again. Lines meander around shape, eyes loom out of landscapes & trees adorn rooftops.

Extracts from the book by Janet Edmond's called 'From Art to Stitch'


  1. Thank you Phil. At last an artist with lots of colour and pattern. Plenty (too much?) to inspire me!

  2. Wow Phil. Great choice which I am going to have fun with I am sure. Love his colours but a challenge nevertheless. I have a book of his work so my Christmas holidays are going to be spent going through his work and generally having fun working out my piece.

  3. Great choice! I'm looking forward to this one.

  4. Looks interesting, nice to be introduced to him with the description you provided. Thanks, I'm excited!

  5. Love his use of bright colors and fantastical shapes. This is gonna be fun!!

  6. I, too, have a book. I've always wanted to do something inspired by him, so look forward to the challenge.

  7. Great choice - but how can he dislike straightlines?
    I may have an advantage here, having spent a day a couple of years ago looking at the work of Hundertwasser with Bobby Britnell - just need to dig the right sketchbook out!!!

  8. Oh no, last time I thought it was going to be a doddle, this time I know this is going to really challenge me. I had a look at a friend's book and page after page all I could see were eyes and faces. Well, we wanted to challenge ourselves, didn't we? My challenge will be to come up with something that isn't an obvious copy...