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Rounding Up Some Round Art For Your Collection!

  • Jan Kalab - Pink
November 8, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Equally attracting and challenging artists, the circular shape has been present in art for centuries. Tondo art, standing for circular production of art, has been drawn from the Italian word rotondo which signifies “round”.

First appearing in ancient Greece, the circle remains a powerful motif in modern and contemporary art, usually seen as positive, and symbolizing unity or perfection. There is a range of artists who continue to employ the format in both figurative and abstract pieces, proving that the circle shape will never lose its appeal.

We have compiled a selection of contemporary pieces created in the circular shape. If you are interested in some round art for your collection, be sure to check them out!

Featured image: Tanc – Sans titre (detail). All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Mark Mastroianni - Eco, 2000

Mark Mastroianni - Eco

An American artist known for his atmospheric paintings created in warm earth colors, Mark Mastroianni draws his inspiration from nature. For him, the beauty lies in simple things, such as the motion of water and the play of light as it reflects from it. In his pieces, the artist conveys the soul of our objective world.

In recent years, Mastroianni work has shifted from geometric abstraction to representational clarity. In the work Eco from 2000, he depicted a blue sky punctuated by a perfectly white cloud.

Find more info about the work here.

  • Tanc - Sans titre

Tanc - Sans titre

A famous urban artist from Paris, Tanc is celebrated for his unique visual language in which he explores the possibilities of the line. Embracing spontaneity, he works towards a synthesis of his name, of tags, of individuals, of music, of life. His compositions are the result of the perfect balance between consciousness and unconsciousness.

The piece Sand titre is an exploration of formal abstraction. Focusing on line and color, the artist created a piece of great emotional potential.

See more info about the work here.

  • Esteban Moulin - 10 Planes, 2018

Esteban Moulin - 10 Planes

The work of Esteban Moulin is characterized by his quest for the perfect gesture. His works are created in a single stroke, without leaving the paper. Drawing from his experience as an airplane pilot, he creates aerial pieces which are at the same time powerful and delicate.

In the piece 10 Planes from 2018, the transparencies, curves and convolutions of his brush come to the fore. It reflects a search for a balance in the imbalance.

See more info about the work here.

  • Shay Kun - Untitled (Lift off series), 2016

Shay Kun - Untitled (Lift off series)

An Israeli-American painter, Shay Kun is known for a post-modern interpretation of the Hudson River School movement. Pristine natural settings in his paintings serve as backdrops for the antics of an odd assortment of people, including acrobats, swimmers, and soldiers. Humans seem positioned as intruders on the planet, inflicting the damage they are not aware of.

In his Lift Off series, the artist paints hot-air balloons in the air, the significance of which can be traced back to his childhood. After escaping the Holocaust, Kun’s parents carried a set of carved toys modeled after hot air balloons to Israel.

See more info about the work here.

  • SheOne - SATURN 7, 2016

SheOne - Saturn 7

A legend of British street art, SheOne is famous for his unique calligraphy-inspired abstract graffiti style. Through bold, conspicuous strokes and splashes of color, the artist creates visual landscapes which are wonderfully executed. Highly expressive, his surfaces appear as the crumbling stone or the peeling paint on the wall.

Although working in a vivid palette, the artist uses black to emphasize the details in the piece Saturn 7. In this way, the artist lifts the piece off the surfaces.

See more info about the work here.

  • Michal Skapa - Electro Glide in Blue, 2015

Michal Skapa - Electro Glide in Blue

A celebrated Polish artist, Michal Škapa played a seminal role in shaping the nation’s urban scene. Although he is not chained to any one technique, his paintings and prints share many stylistic characteristics with his street works. He is engaged in countless graphic activities, writes books and makes art covers for various bands, designs fonts, etc.

Created in his recurring circular shape, the piece Electro Glide in Blue carries a range of encoded messages.

See more info about the work here.

  • Brad Novak - Boss 1.1 (Furiosa from Mad Max), 2016

Brad Novak - Boss 1.1 (Furiosa from Mad Max)

An urban artist from New Zealand, Brad Novak is famous for his hand-collaged and stencil-spray-painted works which walk a fine line between street art and fine art. Combining his love for street and pop art, he focuses on the exploration of 21st-century issues and escapism.

The artist also often draws his inspiration from popular culture. Hand-paper-collage and stencil-spray-paint on boxed wooden board, Boss 1.1 is a stylistic depiction of Furiosa from the movie Mad Max.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Yellow), 2015

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Yellow)

One of the most influential and controversial artists of the post-war era, Jeff Koons works somewhere in between high and low culture, often creating work that plays with kitsch. Through his practice, he has elevated the notion of an artist to the cult of celebrity in the global market.

The piece Ballon Dog (Yellow) from 2015 references his iconic, monumental sculpture of the same name from his famous Celebration series. Referring to milestones in the cycle of life, the Celebration series evokes both the simple delight and complex nostalgia of holidays and birthdays. It is created out of a high-quality porcelain.

See more info about the work here.

  • Ben Sack - Terabyte Rondo Tondo II, 2017

Ben Sack - Terabyte Rondo Tondo II

Using pen and ink, the American artist Ben Sack creates stunning drawings of imaginary, complex cityscapes. Detailed urban landscapes, comprising buildings, roads, rivers and bridges, are the product of his imagination. These worlds exist in a unique space between realism and abstraction.

The work Terabyte Rondo Tondo II depicts an imaginary urban landscape executed in meticulous detail.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jan Kalab - Pink

Jan Kalab - Pink

A street artist from the Czech Republic, Jan Kaláb has developed a unique visual language characterized by his exploration of abstraction. In recent years, he has reduced his graphic style to a concentrated, minimalist expression inspired by Piet Mondrian.

The work Pink is dealing with themes of geometry, depth, time, motion and dynamics. Playing with circles, the artist conveys organic imperfection and swing into his work.

See more info about the work here.