June 5, 2012

Design Files: Tribute to M. C. Escher

'I am always wandering around in enigmas. There are young people who constantly come to tell me: you, too, are making Op Art. I haven't the slightest idea what that is, Op Art. 
I've been doing this work for thirty years now.' 
- M. C. Escher
Self Portrait, 1929

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 - 1972), was a Dutch graphic artist known for his mathematical prints and baffling tessellation constructions. M.C. Escher, during his lifetime, made 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. Escher worked in a time where no one knew what computer graphics were; this is purely his brain thinking and his hand executing. His work is dizzying and incredible, and continues to inspire generations of artists and designers. Look at the prints closely!

Ascending and Descending

Sky Water

The following tribute to Escher was made by Nico Roig in Barcelona. What do you think?

I think Mr Escher would have smiled and carried on with his sketching . . . 

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