In a minimalist home, simple line art makes for a brilliant focal point in any room. For example, hanging one of these art prints above a fireplace or kitchen table creates a calm aura throughout the space.
This sort of design is perfect if you want to create a sense of zen. It’s relaxing to follow the lines around with your eyes. Plus, the amount of white space these designs provide means they’re very easy on the eye.
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. Historically, those who ascribe to zen philosophy do not view the white spaces as empty or incomplete. Instead, these spaces are just as important as the visual forms and help to support understanding of the piece as a whole.
In essence, this idea suggests that areas with little to no 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 indicate!
Our collection includes lots of different variations 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 style 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 actually been around for a long time!
Line art drawings started as preparatory sketches for larger pieces of work. When Leonardo Da Vinci came along around the 16th Century, his remarkable skills as a draughtsman alongside his artistry gained him fame.
Between creating 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 at 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 encapsulating the final outcome of the piece. Even though they look modern now, they brought new energy to the art world 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 artwork 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 simple black lines allow you to focus on the interesting shape. Adding colour on top would be too much and make the work too busy. This line art is almost abstract in style and works perfectly on your wall.
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.
These works were made up of bold lines with colours in-between. His goal was not to create realistic works but simple ones that could convey a message easily. This is exactly what line art does.
As his drawings were so simple, they were also very easily recognisable. He painted murals around New York that 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 this.
It turns out that there is a lot more to this wall art than first catches the eye. By hanging up your Line Art poster from Project Nord, you’ve got a little piece of art history right there on your wall!
How can I incorporate Line Art Posters into my home?
Minimalist line art makes a brilliant addition to your home decor, no matter how you currently have it decorated. 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 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 design 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 with a lot of texture.
For this reason, our ‘La Mer’ poster is a great choice. The is part of our North Sea collection and was hand-painted. You can still clearly see the brushstrokes. When this poster is displayed next to a piece 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 blue posters to choose from. This means you can experiment with different sizes and designs and work out how they tessellate together alongside line art.
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 suits brilliantly in this circumstance.
As we have several designs that 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 each other.
These designs are timeless and 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! Take a look at Project Nord’s Line Art poster collection to find the perfect wall print for you.