At Rise Art we have hand-selected a range of artists that continue to work within the bounds of the Art Deco style, while also continuing to innovate and develop it, each in their own unique way. Discover Art Deco paintings for sale below.…
Art Deco originated in the 1920s and gained its name when the style was introduced at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. The style then flourished in Western Europe and the United States throughout the 1930s. The style is characterised by its elegance and simplicity, lending itself to many mediums such as craft objects, architecture and fashion.
Art Deco is often considered as a reaction against Art Nouveau which is known for its highly decorative style and natural motifs. In comparison, Art Deco draws inspiration from modernity and the notion of mass production. It celebrated the design qualities of modern objects, the simplicity and functionality of geometric shapes and clean lines. However, the style did draw inspiration from nature through its elegant lines and sleek designs.
Art Deco was often inspired by war propaganda posters and mass-produced items, meaning it was more commonly associated with architecture or furniture design for example, and less so with painting. However, there were some prominent artists who applied the style to the medium of paint.
Art deco painting would often feature stylised and angular figures and portray these figures as wealthy, elegant and modern. The Polish-born artist Tamara de Lempicka was a prominent Art Deco painter who focused on female subjects to reflect the shifting social position of women at the time.
During the inter-war period, the role of women in society had drastically shifted and been heightened. With men at war or lost to war women had to take on roles that had never been open to them before. As such women were now seen as liberated and entrepreneurial, they would drink in bars with men and drive cars.
De Lempicka’s painting Self Portrait 1930 sums up this female empowerment as it depicts her driving a car, she looks directly at the viewer appearing completely in control of the car and the image. This sense of female strength is then heightened by the strong angular shapes of the figure and the bold and elegant use of line.
Kevin Jackson explores the digital and virtual world in which we live. His paintings appear to trace the electric energy which surrounds us, forming patterns and lines which pulse and move across the canvas. His visually intriguing images emulate the same simplicity, elegance and repetition as Art Deco from the 1920s and 1930s, and similarly share an interest in modernism and progression.