Thursday, 27 October 2016

Art Deco and Modernist Carpets.

Spanish Dancer. Oil on wood by Celia Turner.
Based on carpet designed by Joan Miro c1930 for the Maison Myrbor, a gallery on the rue Vignon near the Champs Elysees.

Arts and Crafts.

I have always been intrigued by the debt we owe to William Morris. Morris was one of the most influential personalities on the British  cultural stage in the second half of the 19th century. Morris was one of the first to consider the carpet as an art form, rather than merely as a floor covering.
William Morris also advocated the 'total work of art', which extended from the design of  a building down to the cutlery and floor coverings.
The philosophy of William Morris and John Ruskin gave birth to the Arts and Crafts movement.

Art Deco and Modernist carpets are beautiful works of  art and can be seen in museums and collections all over the world, including the Victoria and Albert museum in London.
 I am working on a collection of paintings based on original carpet designs from the art deco and modernist era.