Top geometric pieces and how to pair them in your interior
Geometric prints have hugely increased in popularity over the past few years; the artworks take their cue from early twentieth century movements, prioritising shapes over recognisable figures or forms, and are a great way to add a little abstraction to your home. Adding a few geometric prints can instantly modernise a room, complementing more traditional furniture styles, bringing some order and calm to an office or study, or adding some wow-factor with a show-stopping print or canvas added to a living room or kitchen.
But geometric works don’t always have to be graphic or vivid — although if that’s what floats your boat, we’ve certainly got lots of these available on our online shop! More nebulous, nuanced shapes are increasingly added to figurative works or even landscapes, to add an additional layer of meaning to artworks, or nodding to a new route of creative experimentation. So, read on for our pick of Affordable Art Fair artists and works that utilise geometric shapes to great effect; whether that’s more playful pieces which experiment with shifting shapes, or works which comply with our more traditional notion of the geometric, with sharp edges and angles.
Showing with Caiger Contemporary Art, we love the multi-perspective work of Childerley’s photographs, which include snippets of oscillating, mirror-like shapes, as if we’re looking through into another world. British artist Zoe’s work explores new environments, lost histories and our relationship with landscape. Interested in Russian constructivism, her works rely on the inclusion of geometric shapes to add a surreal, mesmerising edge to each piece. These works are large, and a great way to add an otherworldly surrealism and intrigue to your interior. Their muted palettes mean they would work well in rooms with lots going on in them already, a welcome introduction of a little calm into a busy, big room.
Prints such as Gwenyth Fugard’s ‘Picture 02’ beautifully blur the boundary between abstract and geometric works. Investigating the ways that a minimal composition can create an illusory space, Gwenyth disrupts the flat space with intersecting lines and shapes, as well as fading, muted colours. The results are these gorgeous works; some reminiscent of rooms, others architectural drawings, and others landscapes. We love the idea of pairing one of these works within an already quiet interior, to intensify the contemplative, almost mystical quality that they generate. One of our favourites!
Pieces like the hypnotic, colourful work of renowned artist Brigitte Williams, showing with My Life in Art, are the sort of thing which springs to mind when we think of a classic geometric print. Bright, graphic, energetic and exciting, adding a work like to this to your home is a great way to up the ante, adding a burst of energy and a conversation piece to an overlooked space.
But William’s work has additional meaning as it is scattered with flags from around the world — showing how graphic works can often have additional layers of meaning, rather than being purely abstract forms. Pair with other, softer works in a salon hang to create an intriguing, contrasting display, or let the work speak for itself on a blank wall as a fabulous show-stopping piece.
When we think of geometric artwork a sense of space and order is often the first thing that springs to mind, but sometimes a piece of artwork doesn’t need to be entirely geometric to give the same impression. In the case of Nana Shiomi’s woodcut on Japanese washi paper, the artist is inspired by the symmetrical, ordered room of the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, using a traditional Japanese woodblock technique to render the structured rooms within the villa. The grid-like system of three-dimensional squares in this piece, stacked like building blocks, creates a measured, thoughtful and beautiful piece, with a detailed sense of perspective.
Works such as this would complement a bedroom or study brilliantly, rooms where injecting a little calm and order works wonders for the atmosphere. The simple subject-matter of this unframed print also lends itself well to some more experimental framing which may boost its innate simplicity — try bull dog clips or propping the piece up on a custom-made framing shelf – read our blog on Alternative Ways to Display Art for more inspiration.
Inspired by the dynamic works of Italian futurism, who imbued their paintings with a sense of movement and speed through angular, intersecting shapes, the work of Lisa Takahashi, like the brilliant ‘Full Moon’, has an innately sculptural quality, almost like her shapes are colourful puzzle pieces that fit perfectly together. The results are these pulsing, vibrant linocuts, which explore the figurative presence of cyclists through geometric shapes, Lisa’s work is a perfect demonstration that geometric works can also be very representative. These busy pieces work well on their own, as a centre piece to a blank wall. The artist’s frequent use of green, however, means that pairing them with pale sage furnishings or luscious leafy plants can really make the colours pop!
The radiant sculptural works of Gareth Griffiths, such as his brilliantly yellow Hout Bay, nod at the relationship between architecture and artwork. His works are made up of a series of stainless steel shapes, brightly coloured pieces that abstract as the various shapes oscillate and reach skyward. Resulting in light, airy works, which are richly architectural and almost look like mini buildings or structures we are used to seeing around cities. Influenced by American West Coast architecture from the late 1940s, known as “Googie”, the style is known for its upswept roofs, curvaceous, geometric shapes, and bold use of glass, steel and neon. A great centre piece for a large room where you tend to have company - although a piece like this work brilliantly with lots of other colourful artworks as well, serving as an unusual focal point in your interior.
Paul Minott, Topography, £350, silkscreen print on paper, Modern Artbuyer.
Artwork from first to last:
Zoe Childerley, Another Perspective: New Mexico (After Bayer), £1,200, photograph on paper, Caiger Contemporary Art.
Gwenyth Fugard, Picture 02, £5,750, oil on linen, Lisa Norris Gallery.
Brigitte Williams, United, £3,450, archival print on paper, My Life In Art.
Nana Shiomi, Basic Room Ichimatsu, £600, woodcut on paper, Hanga Ten – Contemporary Japanese Prints.
Lisa Takahashi, Full Moon, £340, Linocut on paper, Wychwood Art.
Gareth Griffiths, Hout Bay, £1,060, Stainless steel, Degree Art.