Seduced by Pattern: the Artwork of Giuseppe Riviera
Guiseppe (or Joseph--depending on what mood he is in) Riviera is a creative scavenger. He squirrels away old photos, stamps, Japanese papers, pages from old books, packing slips, scraps of wallpaper--all sorts of ephemera. Eventually they all find their way into his art, usually embellished with watercolor, gouche, acrylics, pen & ink and oils.
Calling himself "a slave to pattern," Riviera's work has a strong Chinoiserie influence. When I first saw it last fall, it reminded me of wallpaper in a fantasy state from one of the great producers such as Gracie, Fromental or Zuber. Remember that post I did on the Chinese Fromental master where I photographed him creating wallpaper? I imagine that this is what his dreams would look like.
Yes I wanted a piece. I too am seduced by pattern, especially how it is enhanced by Giuseppe Riviera. What do you think about it?
ANNOUCEMENT: I just learned that I am one of 5 finalists for Best Writing on a Design Blog for the Design Bloggers Hall of Fame. This is a very prestigious award and I am so honored. Of course, I would be thrilled to win. Half chosen by a jury and half by popular vote, I could really use your support. The voting link has had some hiccups, but I hope it works now: http://design-bloggers-conference.com/hall-of-fame-awards/
Many, many thanks. And please leave me a comment if the link doesn't work so I can seek a solution. xxx, Lynn