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Here Are Our Artworks Inspired by Architecture!

  • 1UP - Bangkok Ghost Tower (detail), 2016
September 6, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

The literal effects of art on architecture could be seen in a range of monumental works such as Roger Hiorns‘s Seizure or Rachel Whiteread‘s House. But this influence also goes the other way, as architecture has been feeding the imagination of art throughout art history. For instance, the Turner Prize-winning British artist Grayson Perry believes the interactions with architecture played a key role in helping define his creative direction. Indeed, many artists draw inspiration from the built environment.

The best examples of architecture continue to inspire artists across all genres with their masterful use of space, harmony and proportion. We bring you seven artworks inspired by architecture that you can own right now!

Featured image: 1UP – Bangkok Ghost Tower (detail), 2016. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Christophe Jacrot - White Chapel, SNJOR series, 2014

Christophe Jacrot - White Chapel, SNJOR series

A celebrated French photographer, Christophe Jacrot has been developing artistic projects in a range of cities in the Northern hemisphere in adverse weather conditions. With an approach ranging from very pictorial to emotional, he takes photos which depict the lesser known side of Megacities transfigures by torrential rain of thick snow.

Part of the SNJOR series, which magnifies the nature’s power, the work White Chapel depicts a landscape buried under a deep snow in which the isolated habitations are hardly outlined. The scene appears as a mirage, bringing a dreamy dimension to the work. The work’s composition reflects his cinematographic knowledge.

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  • Andy Warhol - Brooklyn Bridge (FS II.290), 1983

Andy Warhol - Brooklyn Bridge

Andy Warhol not only played a major role in the development of Pop Art, but introduced a range of new artistic concepts that changed the world of art forever. Working in a wide range of media including printmaking, painting, hand drawing, silk screening, sculpture, photography, music and film, Warhol left an indelible legacy that continues to fascinate creative thinkers and art lovers worldwide.

A multi-color screenprint from 1983, Brooklyn Bridge is created in the color block technique, multilayered to create a three-dimensional aesthetic. Divided in half, the image features two angles of the bridge, keeping the eye of the viewer engaged all throughout the work. Employing bold colors such as red, blue, green and black for shadowing, Warhol created a harmony and depth within the print.

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  • Robert Indiana - Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York, 1983

Robert Indiana - Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York

Rising to prominence in the 1960s and playing a major role in the development of Pop Art, Robert Indiana created one of the most iconic and widely reproduced artworks of the 20th century – the series LOVE characterized by a distinct typography. Over the course of the artistic career that spanned several decades, he explored the contextual power of words, their meaning, and reference.

The work Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York from 1983 is drawn from his 1964 work which was originally intended to be an homage to Frank Stella. However, after seeing Stella’s work at Whitney, he became disillusioned with it and decided to create an homage to Hart Crane instead.

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  • Razzia - Miami Deco Buildings – The Wave (detail), 1983

Razzia - Miami Deco Buildings – The Wave

In the age of computer-generated images, Gérard Courbouleix–Dénériaz aka Razzia is one of the last graphic artists who actually makes his works by hand. Masterly employing traditional elements of Art Deco, his posters have directly influenced the worlds of fashion, music, and sports.

A part of the triptych Miami Deco Buildings created with ink sublimation on aluminum, the work The Wave focuses on the theme of architecture, with the sea as a baseline. Two other two works from the triptych are Century and Surf.

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  • 1UP - Bangkok Ghost Tower, 2016

1UP - Bangkok Ghost Tower

A German street art crew, 1UP is widely known for tagging various places with their easily recognizable symbol. The crew is also admired for their unity. They made the entry into graffiti street lore because of the scope and daring of their travails.

The print Bangkok Ghost Tower from 2016 is based on a photograph taken by the crew after the rooftop bombing that took place in 2011. It features a large-scale graffiti on the abandoned and decaying tower in Bangkok, which remains the highest elevation graffiti in the city. This 50-story-high Sathorn Unique Tower is believed to be haunted, becoming an unofficial urbex spot.

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  • Terence Netter - The Bridge, 2015

Terence Netter - The Bridge

A renowned American painter and professor, Terence Netter was a former Jesuit priest who entered art with Abstract or Action paintings. Since Netter had become a devotee and practitioner of Zen Meditation in 2006, his work can be separated into three groups – the paintings created during his priesthood, and those painted later on in his life under the influence of Zen

Seeking peace in his heart and mind, Netter reflected this in his paintings as well. Characterized by a simple composition and a soft pastel palette, the work The Bridge from 2015 offers a feeling of serenity.

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  • Boris Jean - Tour Eiffel

Boris Jean - Tour Eiffel

The central place in the work of Boris Jean is the visual notion of the city, suggesting the artist’s interest in the architectural and urban phenomenon. He visualizes his thoughts on the city of future, contemplating the possible progress within the idealized vision of a megalopolis.

The work Tour Eiffel is the perfect blend of both his craftsmanship and visionary perspective. Showing the icon of the city of Paris, the work is interwoven with various references from popular culture.

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