Oceanic Impulse

During a recent visit to the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, we came across several examples of Oceanic art, objects from New Guinea. There were masks and other items decorated with such and abundance of ornamentation that I had to try paraphrasing that amazing artistic tradition. I make absolutely no attempt at being authentic to the traditional art or culture. It was just a very strong springboard for my imagination. Oceanic art and the many tribal traditions from Africa greatly influenced Picasso and his contemporaries. Now that I’ve newly rediscovered these rich traditions, seeing some of the original art objects, I had to try my hand at creating something loosely inspired by them.

All of these designs were created in Procreate app for iPad using an Apple pencil. They were then enhanced in iColorama app to add surface texture to the original images.

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

3 thoughts on “Oceanic Impulse”

    1. Thanks Donna. These are not all that different from what I’ve been posting in terms of how they were created. But the thematic (Oceanic) elements are new. It was fun to try to incorporate them into the designs.


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