Art at Home | Art and Architecture

  • Art and architecture often inspire one another, leaving traces of influence in line, form, light and shadow.

    In this Art at Home feature, we profile artists using architectural forms to inspire their practice – from a careful composition captured in photography to rich paint application mimicking the built environment.

    Glen Allsop’s work featured in the home of Ameé Allsop | Photography by Glen Allsop

    Jack Lovel ‘Catching Light’

    Melbourne-based photographer Jack Lovel was inspired by the architectural legacy of Iwan Iwannoff in Western Australia for the series ‘Catching Light’. Having grown up in the Iwanoff-designed Jordanoff house, Jack set out to capture the architect’s unique Brutalist style by juxtaposing light and shadow, the concrete and organic, and interior and exterior, which tenderly reveals his admiration.

    Helen Redmond

    Former Vogue Living editor Helen Redmond’s venture into art sees an abstraction of her familiar language — interiors and architecture— into contemporary art. She plays with perspective and shadow on the canvas, evoking a sense of abandoned places, full of mystery and intrigue, balancing light and space.

    Jasmine Mansbridge

    In her surrealist paintings, Northern Territory-based artist Jasmine Mansbridge turns to the geometric effect of architecture, full of colour and transcending lines. Self-taught, Jasmine’s practice spans paintings, murals, and sculpture, each medium translating the symbolism of repeated forms inspired by history, Greek mythology, mysticism, the afterlife, philosophy, and the human experience. 

    Derek Swalwell ‘Muralla Roja’

    Architecture and interior photographer Derek Swalwell borrows from Ricardo Bofill’s iconic Muralla Roja building balanced upon the rocky cliffs of Calpe, on Spain’s Costa Blanca for the ‘Muralla Roja’ series. Capturing the angles and colours of the post-modern apartment complex, the photographer turns the architecture into geometric abstraction art through the lens and his observant eye.

    Waldemar Kolbusz

    Full of colour and expressive form, Waldemar Kolbusz’s practice maximises paint application to evoke memory and place. The Perth-based artist is inspired by his travels around the world — from Arizona and Nevada to Portugal and New York — captured quickly and fluidly in rich oils. Exciting streetscapes are revealed on the canvas, void of humans, yet they are still full of life.

    Glen Allsop

    Glen Allsop’s photographic art depicts quiet moments in busy cityscapes in black and white to evoke bygone eras of glamour and noir. Now based in New York, the Sydney-born photographer is inspired by places and people, juxtaposing the hustle and bustle with intimate relationships between those who live among them.

    Nicole England ‘Home is Shelter’

    After Melbourne-based architectural photographer Nicole England found herself in her apartment for 200 days under the city’s strict lockdown, she began to see the light and form in her everyday spaces. The result is ‘‘Home is Shelter’, a soft and inviting view into her personal interiors — a gentle play of light and shadow uniting art and architecture. 

    Anchor Ceramics

    Inspired by the forms he used to construct in the built environment, former architect Bruce Rowe first ventured into ceramics in 2009. Initially a side project, the practice has unfolded as a fully-fledged career that includes tiles, lighting, and furniture alongside his clay sculptures. The sculptures veer away from practical design and into modern art, made by hand in organic materiality.

    ‘Kore – The Village Project’

    Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Salvatori, ‘Kore – The Village Project’ imagines the concept of home through minimalist sculptures. Abstracting the buildings we live within, the objects are pure forms that reveal the beauty of the stone they are constructed from — ‘Alma’, in Rosa Portogallo with soft hues and intricate veins, and ‘Petra’, in Travertine, a warm and tactile stone.

    George Byrne

    Australian-born, LA-based George Byrne captures modernist design’s bright and beautiful architecture. Using photography as his medium, his works reveal the uncanny in geometric and pop colour-filled scenes. “The images I’m making now are quite removed from reality, but I tend to bury the lead and not let the seams distract. Hence the effect is hopefully one of pleasure and disconcertion. They are dreamscapes,” George says.

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