In fact, the idea of white space is linked to zen philosophy! The concept of ‘ma’ is where certain parts of an art canvas are left blank. For those who believe in zen philosophy, this did not mean that the white spaces were empty. Instead, these spaces were meant to support the understanding of the piece as a whole.
In essence, this idea suggests that areas where there isn’t detail are just as important as those that are full. The simple things can mean something too. That is exactly what our line art posters show!
Our collection includes lots of different sorts of line drawings too. For example, some of the designs are one line art. This means that a single, continuous line is used to complete the whole design. This stripped back sort of art is exactly what we love here at Project Nord.
Where did Line Art Posters come from?
Although line art has become trendy recently, it’s been around for a long time!
Line art drawings started out as preparatory sketches for larger pieces of work. When Leonardo Da Vinci came along around the 16th Century, his remarkable skills as a draughtsman, as well as an artist gained him fame.
Between doing studies for paintings and ground-breaking sketches of the human anatomy, Da Vinci made sure that simple drawings were treated as art pieces in their own right.
His studies also made sure that artists took more care when drawing out their subjects. The realism of the outcome was what was important. So, the lines created in the beginning of the piece really counted.
Other artists such as Albrecht Dürer were also famous for paying close attention to lines in their works. This was made even more obvious by Dürer who often worked by creating line engravings in metal plates. When working in this way, there is no space for colour or shading. The line is the only important element.
It wasn’t until Modern art emerged in the twentieth century that artists took the idea of line art one step further. Pablo Picasso’s contour drawings are a perfect example of simple lines being left in the final outcome of the piece. Even though they look modern now, they brought completely new energy to the art world back in Picasso’s day.
A piece in Project’s Nord collection similar to Picasso’s style is our One Line Art Face Poster. As the name suggests, this piece was created with just one, continuous line.
This design seems to reference Picasso’s surrealist depictions of faces. As the shape is so interesting, the lines left alone allow you to focus on the interesting shape. Having colour on top would be too much. This almost abstract line art works perfectly.
Finally by the twentieth century, artists were getting experimental with the way they represented their subjects. Whilst some disrupted the form of what they were drawing and came out with abstract pieces, others got rid of the colour and depth.
The eruption of Pop Art in the sixties brought a whole new wave of line art drawings into the limelight. Just take a piece of Keith Haring's work, for example.
They were made up of bold lines with colours in-between. His goal was not to create realistic works but simple ones instead which could convey a message easily. This is exactly what line art does.
As his drawings were so simple, they were also very easily recognisable. In fact, he painted murals around New York which everyone knew was his. Art was taking on a new and important role in society - to bring people together and educate. Line art was a brilliant tool for Haring to employ to do this.
It turns out that there is a lot more to this wall art than first catches the eye. Know that as you hang your Project Nord poster, you’ve got a little piece of art history there on your wall!
How can I incorporate Line Art Posters into my own home?
Minimalist line art makes a brilliant addition to your home decor, no matter how you have it decorated at the moment. That’s what’s so brilliant about these simple wall art prints. So, let’s take a look at the different ways you can bring line wall art into your spaces.
First of all, as line art is so clean to look at, it works great as part of a gallery wall. You could pair the designs with other line art posters. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, line art posters suit designs with big blocks of colour in them too.
If you do want to explore coloured posters, a favourite is using blue posters as a match. This works especially well if you pair them up with designs which have lots of texture in them.
For this reason, our North Sea posters are a great choice. The North Sea collection were all hand-painted and you can still see the brushstrokes clearly. When they are displayed next to pieces with lots of white space, the eye can take in all the designs properly. They are the perfect pair!
And, luckily for you, there is a wide variety of styles of North Sea posters to choose from. This means you can experiment with different sizes and designs and work out how they tessellate together.
If you’re desperate for a bit more detail, why don’t you mount your posters? Framed line art looks brilliantly sleek. And, it brings another texture into the overall composition. A deep, reddy-coloured wooden frame works brilliantly in this circumstance.
As we have a number of designs which feature line art faces, it’s also a nice idea to get several in the same size and line them up next to each other.
This way, it looks like the faces are almost metamorphosing into each other. With the colours kept so simple, there’s no way that this could look over-bearing or messy.
Some of our other posters work well in pairs as well. Have you seen our Female Body designs? One represents the top half of the body and the other, the bottom half. They look lovely when hung next to one another.
These designs are timeless and also work in so many different spaces. The softer designs are brilliant for the bedroom. As they are so simple, they can also be placed in the spaces you work in. They are simply inspiring!