A tribute to Art movements that shaped today.

A tribute to Art movements that shaped today.

The latest project repurposed ceramic animal heads. I chose 7 periods of art that I love and that shaped everything we know as art today. Art Deco, Pop Art, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Op Art, Abstract, and Conceptual Art. Being springtime and wanting a bright cheery window that everyone could explore with joy and positivity I chose to use the colors of the rainbow to enhance the beauty of the art represented. Art is always inspired by what we see around us, how we feel, and what came before. This window embodies all of those aspects. See more about the art movements that inspired me and continue to impact my work everyday below.

Art Deco

Meet Deco the red deer in this rainbow walk through art history. Art Deco is a popular design style of the 1920s and ’30s characterized especially by sleek geometric or stylized forms and by the use of man-made materials. 

What I love about Art Deco are the architectural lines and shapes that transcend time. While the design of that era is recognizable it still seems fresh and modern.

Pop Art

The iconic imagery made by Andy Warhol is worn by the orange deer and is one of my favorites. Pop Art is such a colorful and graphic approach to art that has a commercial feel at times and seeing Pop Art reminds me of things that are special to a time gone by. I love bold, graphic approaches to art and this era to this day still influences me.


Van Gogh may be one of the most recognizable artists from this period and represented by the yellow deer in our rainbow. A 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities, ordinary subject matter, unusual visual angles, and inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience.

Abstract Expressionism

Meet Pollock the green deer that represents the style of Jackson Pollock. Abstract art does not attempt to represent external reality, but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. For every person viewing the art they will see and feel something different.

Op Art

Opi our Blue deer represents the super fun and eye catching artwork from this movement. Op art, short for optical art, is a style of visual art that uses optical illusions. These works are abstract, with many better known pieces created in black and white. Typically, they give the viewer the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibrating patterns, or of swelling or warping.

Modern art

Mondi the indigo deer represents Mondrian in abstract art. His work had an enormous influence on 20th century art, influencing not only the course of abstract painting and numerous major styles and art movements, but also fields outside the domain of painting, such as design, architecture and fashion. 

Conceptual Art

Spike our Violet deer in the rainbow represents and iconic movement that we see in retro design. Conceptual art is art for which the idea (or concept) behind the work is more important than the finished art object. It emerged as an art movement in the 1960s and the term usually refers to art made from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.

About the artist…..

I have a lifelong love of the arts and I am most intrigued with building 3 dimensional works with texture, vibrant color, and depth. Over the last 5 years I have made a concious effort to repurpose or reuse discarded items to give new life to old thrown to the side objects. While cardboard has been my favorite material to work with lately I really enjoyed repurposing these ceramic animals into something more meaningful. My art is definitely a journey that continually changes and evolves into something that I hope brings joy to the viewer. Inspired by many artists over the years I hope to always bring art to the community that provides a true thought provoking process for all ages. “Keep creating and using your imagination even if you are not an artist by name.” -Holly Layman


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