Andre Brik

For the geometric redux reinterpretation homage series, I start observing the masterpiece painting in detail: the palette of colors used, the contrasts between light and shadow, the shades, and the shapes.

Then I sketch a lot, deconstructing the original composition in basic shapes and primary colors. I also use a support grid, a "flexible template" that helps me to find the simplification possibilities without limiting the creativity. Within this grid, I search for alignments, patterns, stylizations, color reductions and shapes up to a maximum point of formal simplification, just a step before the original work can't be recognized.

And then I put the "puzzle" pieces together on the computer, fitting shapes and overlapping transparent gradients as in a vectorial “vellatura” so I can recreate the original artwork in my style.

Geometric Redux Study after Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Andre Brik, 2020
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 20
58 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

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Geometric Redux Study after Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

Hopper is one of my favorite North American artists. The loneliness in Hopper's paintings is almost palpable. Even characters represented side by side are isolated souls dealing with their issues.

The depressed, anxious, and self-absorbed people, portrayed by Hopper at the beginning of the last century, have a high similarity to those we find today. The difference is that now, the silent people in restaurants, public transportation, and bedrooms are staring at their smartphones, socializing only through social media, with their faces reflected by blue screens.

For me, Hopper created a timeless portrait of loneliness and isolation. Nighthawks represent this mood very well, and that's why I chose this artwork to pay homage to this great artist with a geometric redux.

Geometric Redux Study after Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 20
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Georgia O’Keeffe’s Cow’s Skull: Red, White and Blue

Georgia O'Keeffe's Cow's Skull is a work that represents, among other things, the endurance of the American people. In this geometric redux, I attempted to portray this resilience by transforming the skull into something that is both resistant as a bionic armor and elegant as paper origami.

I also tried to bring the mystical aspect of the original work, which, according to critics, may refer to Christ on the cross over the holy shroud in the colors of the American flag.

Like the other works in the series, I created this geometric redux by looking for lines, angles, colors, and shapes that, when combined and overlapped translate the masterpiece within my style.

This is my way of honoring the works and artists I most admire.

Geometric Redux Study after Klimt’s The Kiss

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 20
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Klimt’s The Kiss

For the geometric redux reinterpretation homage series I start observing the masterpiece painting in detail: the palette of colors used, the
contrasts between light and shadow, the shades and the shapes.

Then I sketch a lot, deconstructing the original composition in basic shapes and primary colors. I also use a support grid, a "flexible template" that helps me to find the simplification possibilities without limiting the creativity. Within this grid, I search for alignments, patterns, stylizations, color reductions and shapes up to a maximum point of formal simplification, just a step before the original work can't be recognized.

And then I put the "puzzle" pieces together on the computer, fitting shapes and overlapping transparent gradients as in a vectorial “vellatura” so I can recreate the original artwork in my style.

Geometric Redux Study after Munch’s Scream

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 20
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Munch’s Scream

For the geometric redux reinterpretation homage series, I start observing the masterpiece painting in detail: the palette of colors used, the contrasts between light and shadow, the shades, and the shapes.

Then I sketch a lot, deconstructing the original composition in basic shapes and primary colors. I also use a support grid, a "flexible template" that helps me to find the simplification possibilities without limiting the creativity. Within this grid, I search for alignments, patterns, stylizations, color reductions and shapes up to a maximum point of formal simplification, just a step before the original work can't be recognized.

And then I put the "puzzle" pieces together on the computer, fitting shapes and overlapping transparent gradients as in a vectorial “vellatura” so I can recreate the original artwork in my style.

Geometric Redux Study after Tarsila's Abaporu

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 18
57 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Tarsila's Abaporu

After some studies of geometric reduction of works and artists I admire, the Abaporu by the Brazilian female painter Tarsila do Amaral could not be left out.

The original work was conceived to represent an inhuman character with a tiny head without features and with a disproportionate physique. To some critics, Tarsila was criticizing the lack of access to education for the majority of the country's population.

In my interpretation, I tried to exaggerate this contrast even further by taking off the head of the body, showing that they do not belong to the same being.

The process of execution of the work is the same as previously explained: observation of geometric forms and coincidences, color scheme, light, and shadow. Then the artwork is deconstructed in primary colors and basic shapes and rebuilt in transparent layers of vector velatures within my style.

Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Andre Brik, 2020
€ 360.00

New Media, Edition of 20
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

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+ 14 day money-back guarantee
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Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Starry Night

What I like the most when creating the geometric reduction exercises is that they make me study and understand more about my favorite artists and their masterpieces. While I change the proportion of the original work, transform the composition into basic figures, find matching lines, simplify color palettes and add new elements, I end up observing the work for hours in its smallest details.

At first, I thought it was absurd to reduce V.G.'s dynamic and anguished iconic strokes to flat and smooth elements. On the other hand, this would be the last thing anyone would think of doing in a reinterpretation of a work by the Dutch master, and perhaps it is what makes the experience valid.

For this reinterpretation, I tried to create a contrast between the elements of the painting. So I “lit" the sky by completing it with an art-deco pattern of stylized stars that fit together, and the spirals in the sky which create a link between the elements.

Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media
60 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

For the geometric redux reinterpretation homage series, I start observing the masterpiece painting in detail: the palette of colors used, the contrasts between light and shadow, the shades, and the shapes.

Then I sketch a lot, deconstructing the original composition in basic shapes and primary colors. I also use a support grid, a "flexible template" that helps me to find the simplification possibilities without limiting the creativity. Within this grid, I search for alignments, patterns, stylizations, color reductions and shapes up to a maximum point of formal simplification, just a step before the original work can't be recognized.

And then I put the "puzzle" pieces together on the computer, fitting shapes and overlapping transparent gradients as in a vectorial “vellatura” so I can recreate the original artwork in my style.

Geometric Redux Study after Vermeer's Girl With Pearl Earrings

Andre Brik, 2019
€ 360.00

New Media
57 x 60 x 0 cm
Pigment and Vector on Paper

+ free worldwide shipping
+ 14 day money-back guarantee
+ certificate of authenticity

Geometric Redux Study after Vermeer's Girl With Pearl Earrings

For this series of studies, I tried to revisit some of my favorite masterpieces by painters I admire the most in a geometric redux reinterpretation/homage. To do that I start studying the work for a lot of time, observing every little detail of the painting, the palette of colors used, the contrasts between light and shadow, the shades, and the shapes.

The next step was to develop a lot of sketches, trying to deconstruct the original composition into basic shapes. I searched for alignments, patterns, stylizations, reductions of colors and shapes up to a maximum point of formal simplification, just a step before the original work couldn't be recognized anymore. And then, I start putting the "puzzle" pieces together on the computer, fitting shapes and overlapping transparent gradients as in a vectorial "vellatura" so I could recreate the original artwork in my style.