Self directed work: 6 models inspired by….. anything.

This piece of work was set by Eve, our theory teacher. After practicing making sketch models in the lesson and learning how to reproduce, interpret, and further respond to images, we were asked to produce 6 different models and further present them on a piece of A3 card. We could gain inspiration for our models off anything, i.e. Paintings, graffiti, videos etc. After much research and consideration i decided to base my models on artists:

  • Kandinsky
  • Augustine Kofie
  • Robert Delauney
  • Nicholas Hlobo
  • Andy Warhol
  • From over-to-sub-exposure: The Anamesis of Les Immateriaux


Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist from the 1900’s. Kandinsky is famous for his abstract work and is credited with painting one of the first abstract works. Kandinsky was also a professor at the well known historic Bauhaus School of Art and Architecture in 1922 until it was closed down by its own leadership due to pressure off the Nazi-led government, whom claimed that the Bauhaus was ‘a centre of communist intellectualism.’ Bauhaus was a monumental art school and should be well known to all designers, Bauhaus is a study which i will continue to speak about later on in my blog.

(Fig.1) Circles in a Circle by Kandinsky. I was already very familiar with Kandinsky’s work and i knew i wanted my first model to be inspired by this specific piece of work. Here Kandinsky uses just two forms, circles and lines, however he uses a huge variety of colours also contrasted with black outlines. Adding the colour black within this piece keeps it tidy and neat and brings out each individual circle, it would be really interesting to know what Kandinskys’ thoughts were when he produced this work.

circles in a circle… geometric forms and subtle color harmonies combine to make an effervescent, abstract composition.

(Fig.2) My piece in response to Kandinskys’ ‘Circles Within a Circle.’ As you see i was inspired by the main elements of his work, i stuck to circle and line form, and also used similar colours and outlined the circles. However i decided to carry on this circle and line patter outside of the circle, meaning it wasn’t just circles within a circle. I wanted this to portray the ‘Thinking outside the box’ idea, as i decided draw shapes outside of the circle… therefor this is me thinking outside of the circle. Ha ha.

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul – Wassily Kandinsky

Augustine Kofie

Augustine Kofie is an LA born artist and also a member of the LA Graffiti community. Kofie displays many of his interests within his work, including: architectural templates, deconstructed lettering, vintage collage paper, contemporary music, and 1960’s-70′s iconography


Kofies’ abstract work is inspired by modern architecture and the form and shape of deconstructed typography. He unifies opposing and contradictory dynamics within his work with the juxtaposition of futuristic compositions against vintage ‘earth-toned’ palettes and collaged graphics. Kofies’ constant use of line work, typography and layering has now been classed ‘Vintage Futurism.’

(Fig.3) Inspiring piece by Augustine Kofie. His extreme use of triangles, circles and line can be seen here. His early graffiti work contributed to his success as an abstract artist. Notice the light colour tones he uses, displaying many yellows and greens, natural colours. There is something just so relaxing about observing his work isn’t there… unique.
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(Fig.4) My model in response to Augustine Kofie. I decided to add bolder colours within my piece, however kept with the architectural elements by dissecting images such as Dubais’ Bulj Al Arab Hotel. I outlined the central circle using a compass and then worked around this shape. Adding blacks and whites helped break up the image rather than it being just a big colourful mess. Again i incorporated line, circle and triangle elements just like the artist. I am highly proud of this piece, however i would have liked the small details to be slightly neater.

My work and I are in constant progression. Evolution is mandatory. There is no seam that defines a beginning or ending to who I am and what I wish to produce.. – Augustine Kofie

If you want to look at more inspirational work by the artist then have a look at Futurism By Augustine Kofie and learn more about his inspiration, techniques, and other similar artists he works alongside.

Robert Delauney

Robert Delauney, my third inspirational artist, was a French painter born in Paris; much of his work was influenced by Neo-impressionism 1906-7. His painting technique is very abstract, incorporating aesthetics of discs, circular forms and colour rhythms, dubbed as ‘Orphism‘ in Paris by Guillaume Apollinaire, an offshoot of cubism.

Endless Rhythm 1934 Robert Delaunay 1885-1941 Purchased 1970
(Fig.5) Endless Rhythm 1934 Robert Delaunay. The Medium used here is oil paint on canvas. Delauney has created this piece so that whichever way we look at it the movement is directed back again into the picture at both ends; it was this element which gave Delauneys wife the idea for the name ‘Endless Rhythm.’
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(Fig.6) My take on Delauneys ‘Endless Rhythm.’ I was mostly inspired by the circular shapes which Delauney used and his use of blacks and whites against bright colours. Inspired by these elements, i came up with this piece, Placing four circular forms diagonally connected along the card. I incorporated the blacks and whites, however, in a different way, displaying half of the image on a black background and half on a white ground. It was great to see how seeing bright colours placed on rather a black background or a white background could have such a huge difference; colours appear much brighter on a black background. It is also interesting to see how our moods can change depending on which half of the painting we look at, have a try.

…But what is of great importance to me is observation of the movement of colors. – Robert Delauney

Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo is a fine arts artist born in 1975, Cape town, Africa. Hlobo creates works on paper, sculptures, installations and performances using materials such as ribbon, rubber, leather, and wood. He explores the symbolic meanings of these objects which helps him interject them within his work. Much of his work delves into issues of sexuality, gender and class, something very important to him having a South African heritage.

Macaleni Iintozomlambo 2010 Nicholas Hlobo born 1975 Presented by Tate Patrons 2010
(Fig.7) Macaleni Iintozomlambo 2010 Nicholas Hlobo born 1975 Presented by Tate Patrons 2010 Hlobo created this piece from a simple tea stain on white water colour paper, which forms the basis for the drawing. The ‘tentacles’ are formed with intense orange and red stitches and coloured ribbon. The tea stain has formed a sort of underwater sea creature, one which is said to hold sexual connotations due to the use of fleshy nude tones and slippery surfaces. The name of the piece ‘Macaleni Iintozomlambo,’ refers to a traditional Xhosa belief, being a Nguni language widely spoken in South Africa, whereby boys would throw rocks into the river before diving in as a sign of respect to the river. Hlobo uses layers within this piece which brings form alive, this has been one of my most inspirational pieces yet.
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(Fig.8) My model, inspired by Hlobo’s ‘Macaleni Iintozomlambo.’ I really liked the idea of making a tea spillage onto a piece of card and just seeing what was formed from this. I was really thrilled at the outcome of this as it also created a underwater creature form, somewhat like an Angler Fish. I incorporated Hlobo’s use of other materials in my piece, using string to create the details of my angler fish. This was an amazing piece to produce, and has opened my eyes to incredible, unique ways of thinking and responding. I sprinkled darker tones of red and orange around the angler fish just to add a range of different colours and to add substance to my piece.
(Fig.9) An Angler fish in its real form.

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Latest artwork and exhibitions by Nicholas Hlobo

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist, a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop Art. Much of his work analyzes the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement which flourished by the 1960’s. An extensive archive of his art work is held in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Warhol uses a wide range of media, including hand drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. Warhol is another artist i have grown very fond of over the years, and was also much of my inspiration during my College photography studies.

Marilyn Diptych 1962 Andy Warhol 1928-1987 Purchased 1980
(Fig.10) Marilyn Diptych 1962 Andy Warhol 1928-1987 Purchased 1980 – Warhol produced the Marilyn diptych just 4 months after she died. He uses repetition to evoke her pervasive presence in the media. He uses such bright colours in his diptych against black and white to suggest the stars mortality.
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(Fig.11) My piece. I took inspiration from the bright colours and repetition which Warhol uses within his Marilyn Diptych. I chose to paint onto orange paper with acrylic paints to make it fit into the category of ‘Pop Art.’ I transferred the same image of a candle over by tracing the image, and then further painting over. I chose to incorporate the candle as my main object as i felt this way i could use the colours i wanted to, reds, oranges and yellows. I integrated the technique of placing bright colours against black and white by painting the candle wax white, and painting the wick black.

An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have. – Andy Warhol

To find more inspiration on how other artists incorporate diptych in to their work click here!

From Over-to-sub-exposure: The Anamnesis of Les Immateriaux

These isn’t too much i can really say about this piece of art inspiration, as it isn’t a piece of art with an name or meaning. I simply got the inspiration for my final model from an issue i came across at Tate Modern. It is an Anthony Hudek exhibition, the two front covers for the Les Immateriaux catalogues gave me the idea of finger prints, and contrasting black on white.



Fig.1 circles in a circle by Kandinsky, 19.10.15,

Fig.3 Augustine Kofie, futurism, 19.10.15,

Fig.5 Robert Delauney, Endless Rhythm, 19.10.15,,_Tate_Modern.JPG

Fig.7 Macaleni Iintozomlambo 2010 Nicholas Hlobo, 19.10.15,

Fig.9 An Angler fish in its real form, 19.10.15,

Fig.10 Marilyn Diptych 1962 Andy Warhol 1928-1987 Purchased 1980 19.10.15,

Fig.12 From Over-to-sub-exposure: The Anamnesis of Les Immateriaux, 19.10.15,


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