Art Deco is still considered hip after nine decades and counting. The style’s popularity began in the 1920s and lasted until 1940s and affected everything from architecture, interior design and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts and film. While there are various speculations of the origins of the style, it is a safe bet that it began in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century as he name Art Deco was derived from the 1925 “Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes”, held in Paris.
One of the most prominent Art Deco painters was Tamara de Lempicka – who was often referred to as the first woman artist to be a glamour star. Her style was derived from soft cubism artist André Lhote and synthetic cubism artist Maurice Denis. With bold colors and sharp lines, her style was revolutionary and admired by such renowned artists of the time as Georgia O’Keeffe, Santiago Martínez Delgado and Willem de Kooning. However, Lempicka was one of but a handful of artist painting in this genre at the height of the Art Deco movement.
Here are some examples of great wall art prints & posters by past masters of Art Deco and those who they inspired:
Often referred to as the father of modern advertising, Leonetto Cappiello was best known for his pioneering poster designs. His first exhibition took place 1892. Cappiello would go on to produce 530 advertising posters in his career.
French illustrator Roger Broders spent the bulk of his career designing travel posters promoting tourism destinations in France in the early 20th century. His work was unique because of his use of simple lines and bold colors coupled with a graphical angle.
Essex, England born Peter Kelly was well known for his astute use of color in his chic collection of cityscapes. His talents as an illustrator gained the artist assignments with major companies such as Ford, Jaguar, Sony, Heinz, Kellogg’s, Schweppes and British Airways.
Contemporary artist, Karen Dupré draws inspiration from 19th century masters Claude Monet, Frederic Remington and Auguste Renoir, but also pays homage to the Art Deco artist from the same time period as she flirts with genre while maintaining an individual style.
Steve Forney is another contemporary artist/illustrator derives inspiration from past masters of Art Deco. The Oakland, California-based Forney decided after receiving a degree in Political Science in 1991 to pursue his passion for art and has become one of the most successful freelance illustrators of modern time.
Conrad Knutsen has been a successful commercial illustrator for more than 30 years. His work has been published in many esteemed publications and is exhibited in many galleries across the U.S. Conrad is currently illustrating a series of images for postage stamps for countries around the world.
By her own admission, Seattle-based artist, EP Holcomb is deeply influenced by Art Deco as well as Art Nouveau, 1960′s poster art, and fashion photography.
Another Seattle-based artist, Ken Bailey paints cats and dogs in an Art Deco style. Many of his art prints are best sellers in the vintage art world even though he is a modern day working artist.