Contemporary Mosaic Artists Keeping The Ancient Art of Mosaic Alive And Dazzling
(4 min read) Mosaic art is alive and kicking; with many artists around the globe practice the ancient tradition and style, many of these infuse the classic art-form with a surge of contemporary twists — color, abstraction and even typography are no strangers to these mosaicists fingertips!
Born into a family of jewelry designers, this Milan-born artist with a love for typography has infused his digital mosaics with gorgeous travel-inspired lettering. His inspired project; ‘Fauxaics’ represents the culture he represents with thoughtful color-palettes and moody fonts displaying locations upon tiles backgrounds.
Vancouver-based artist Dussault labors over his truly mesmerizing mixed-media mash-ups of mosaic, resin, and paint — his contemporary mosaic art can take up to 4 weeks to complete. The vivacity of his color-rich and texture-teased pieces are both abstract and realistic and doused in iconic nostalgia.
Jim Bachor transforms the battered, grey streets of Chicago by giving a serious mosaic make-over (or should I say; mosaic-over) to its potholes. “Trying to leave your mark in this world fascinates me. Ancient history fascinates me” claims Bachor. Hand-cut pieces of glass and stone create floral and food-themed motifs that stand out from the monotonous asphalt, creating a colorfully playful inner-city haven.
Isidora Paz López
Isidora Paz López began her striking mural career by lavishing her home country; Chile in the tile art form, her love for mosaicking lies in the ability to go big and make an impact on the community with color, suggestion, and passion, all whilst remaining versatile and long-lasting. “You can use a wide variety of materials, from the most luxurious ones to recycled objects or materials collected from nature.” Themes of nature, such as gorgeous displays of fauna and flora feature heavily in López’ stunning public murals.
Illinois- based mosaicist; Lowder pushes the boundaries of classical mosaic by moving away from traditional materials such as tile and ceramic and using mostly reclaimed and up-cycled wood. His comprehensive and captivating shapes carry themes of geometry and spirituality, strange, fractured imagery and typography suggest one is looking through a strange portal into the past, laced with religious symbols and mystery. “Many of my aesthetic choices about how the triangles fit together in my works are based on the proportions and patterns of natural growth structures” Lowder states about his thought-provoking style.
Mosaic art brings joy to people young and old, whether it’s ancient and historical or deliciously contemporary; its durable nature and boundless versatility make it a modern art worker’s dream! This craft is, without a doubt, timeless.
Happy contemporary mosaicking!