Art Deco inspired porcelain painting design

I was invited as a feature artist to the APAT exhibition in Sydney, October 2013, I taught some demonstrations there too, read more here.   This post records a little of my research information for the painting which I exhibited in the Art Deco theme section, I don’t have much time to write a lot :) Here is a pic taken by artist Tony Johansen who I met up with during my week in Sydney ( I’ll show more picks about other artists too shortly :) )

 

"Song for the girls does the rounds" Ingrid Lee, 2013. Porcelain plate, 38cm, lustre, platinum and gold

“Song for the girls does the rounds” Ingrid Lee, 2013. Porcelain plate, 38cm, lustre, platinum and gold

 

I’ve made a quick video of this plate so that you can see the light reflections of the lustre work… further in this post.

This painting was planned a few months ago, and was inspired by the poetry by Dorothy Parker.  Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, satirist and critic who explored 20th-century urban foibles.  I have always enjoyed her works for their sparkling wit and points of life from a savvy female’s perspective, many accounts of which have not changed much since the early parts of last century- maybe in my own thinking and experience ;) See my other art inspired by literature. So I went back to reading her prose about love, and among a few select poems which I’ll use to inspire other paintings, I’ve chosen “Song of one of the girls” 1926, as the muse for this art deco painting.

 

Song Of One Of The Girls, 1926 from the volume: Enough Rope

Here in my heart I am Helen;
I’m Aspasia and Hero, at least.
I’m Judith, and Jael, and Madame de Stael;
I’m Salome, moon of the East.
Here in my soul I am Sappho;
Lady Hamilton am I, as well.
In me Recamier vies with Kitty O’Shea, With Dido, and Eve, and poor Nell.
I’m of the glamorous ladies
At whose beckoning history shook.
But you are a man, and see only my pan,
So I stay at home with a book.

“Song for the girls does the rounds” Ingrid Lee, 2013. Porcelain plate, 38cm, lustre, platinum and gold

This painting is part of a larger collection of 30 paintings on canvas and porcelain about “Destiny and Love.”  It was inspired by the female artists during the art deco era, in particular the poem Song of one of the Girls, written by Dorothy Parker (1926) and the art work of Tamara Lempicka. The use of lustres, gold and platinum sets a modern tone for this painting, while still capturing the flavour of art deco.

This poem was written during the art deco period, which I think links well with the inspiration for the art work. One of my most favourite artists of the art deco period is Tamara Lempika, and I think connecting both Parker and Lempika’s works as inspiration for my painting allows me to create a new style, influenced by two prominent and strong female artists who offered society in their time boundless potential of a new idea of being female.

The art deco inspired motifs of roses in the background, still embody strong geometric shapes and bold lines, but with a modern flavour.  The use of circular imagery from the rose motifs to the dot patterns in the background symbolise the circle of time connecting the art deco period to today.  As the title of this painting and the central female figure, typical of Lempicka’s work, implies that Parker’s notion of the appeal strong empowered women hasn’t changed much over nearly 100 years- indicative of the title of this painting.

Some of my notes if you’re interested ;) 

The art deco period is one of my favourites, the transition of western culture, identity, art and fashion between WWI and WWII really influenced a lot of my art in my early 20s.  I love the eclectic stylisation of bold geometric shapes and lavish glamorous ornamentation, and the design is less organic, but smooth, seek, industrial and assertively modern.  The genres of Cubism, Futurism, and influence of the Bauhaus and became the dominant art form of Paris between 1920 through 1930. Read more: http://www.ukessays.com/essays/arts/art-deco-style.php#ixzz2fCZ7QfnP Read more here  One of my most favourite artists of the art deco period is Tamara Lempika, and I think connecting both Parker and Lempika’s works as inspiration for my painting allows me to create a new style, influenced by two prominent and strong female artists who offered society in their time boundless potential of a new idea of being female. It was argued that Art Deco functioned as a trademark for popular notions of femininity during a time when women were said to be the consumers of the average household. A genre of the time it appealed to women and was used as a selling point for cosmetics, clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, and art objects largely through the cinema and Hollywood movie stars too.     Lempika represented a bold new woman of her time…and I think she expressed herself fearlessly through her art.   I made a connection to this painting when I first started my time of personal change about 4 years ago, to me it embodied a strong, successful female both sexually in terms of feminine power, financially…she is behind the driving wheel of her life.  It is interesting now that I revisit her work, when I am starting my next spiritual path for truth. and in contrast to the poetry by Parker, Read more here  and here.

In the early 1920s Her style evolved very rapidly during these years, from the classic feature and heavy brushwork of her beginnings to a smoother technique, and to lighter colors, which she deliberately restricted for the sake of harmony. Still attracted by Expressionism, she continued to prefer models with gnarled, muscular bodies as well as, occasionally, extremely virile female figures in strong contrast to the dreamy young women she portrayed in parallel.  then to cubism 1930s , Lempicka filled the backgrounds of her new portraits of women with idealized buildings that look like dark crystal rocks, as if to conjure up the mineral outline of a future city. In the same spirit, her female models became perfect matches for their dehumanized backdrops. She used a trademark combination of soft, rounded forms set against architectural lines and shapes that reflected a new sophisticated urbanity to those she painted in highly mannered portraits. Read more here.

Did you see who won the porcelain vases from my demo in Sydney? See here

Have you seen these porcelain pieces which were exhibited also? Here,  Here and Here.

Are you interested in masterclasses in modern porcelain painting techniques with Ingrid? Contact now 

I hope you enjoyed this painting and quick video, let me know what your think about this painting in the comments below, and be sure to share it with your friends- I’d appreciate it.

 

 

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