Friday, May 25, 2012

African Nouveau (Weekend Reflections # 139)

 I saw these Ceramic Sculpture reflections in the window of an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 Woodrow Nash: "African Nouveau is the term I use to describe my present body of work. It’s specifically African and European in influence.  The images are African in general with the graceful, slender proportions and long undulating lines of 18th century Art Nouveau.  The concept is 15th century Benin, a former kingdom in Africa flourishing from the 14th - 17th century.  Both styles were often asymmetrical, using decorative shapes and ornamental motifs derived from natural forms.  The two styles lend themselves well to each other.   Hence the term “African Nouveau”. 

 Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


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35 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the term "African nouveau." It certainly seems appropriate!

Liz said...

Great reflection, James. And thanks for hosting.

Sylvia K said...

I agree with EG! I like the term, too and it does indeed seem appropriate! Terrific reflections for the day! Thanks as always for the weekend fun, James! Hope you have a great one!

Sylvia

Rebecca said...

Almost looks ghostly!

TexWisGirl said...

very nice. i hope your move is over with and things are settling down!

Antonette said...

Happy WR everyone! Hope you can stop by my blog to see my reflection choice.

Luis Gomez said...

Very nice James. Have a happy one as well!

Misty Dawn said...

This is really cool!

Carola said...

Perfect for Africa Day. Great reflections with wonderful colors.

Lúcia said...

Very nice work, I'd love to see more African Nouveau ceramic sculptures!
Have a good weekend James! ;-)

Alexa said...

Fascinating reflection, James—enjoy your weekend!

Susan said...

Hey James. cool subject for reflections. Love that face down in the right corner.
Took a look at some Benin artwork for my art appreciation final project. Awesome, I'm already in the know. Happy weekend my friend.

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Prem said...

Happy Memorial too...my first time here.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the elongated style of the sculptures! Very beautiful! And the touch of the whimsical face on the bottom right is enchanting!

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shot! :)

Pat Tillett said...

Not only a great photo! Also, some very interesting background information...

Mama Zen said...

Very cool!

Scrappy Grams said...

stunning ceramic sculptures!

Gine said...

Très impressionnants tes personnages ! J'aime ce rappel de la couleur de la terre d'Afrique. Belle image.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting piece, particularly when seen via the reflection!
God bless you!
Cezar

Thérèse said...

Beautiful composition!

Linda said...

Thank you for hosting, James! I like the title also - and the reflections are very interesting!

mississippi artist said...

Love the photograph and the name. Thanks for hosting this, it is fun.

Ann said...

looks real people, my Ghana friend dressed in her Ghana clothes to church.

NixBlog said...

Great reflection shot, James!

Thanks for hosting!

Amy Burzese said...

A wonderful reflection you have shared. Thanks!

Nita Davis said...

Wonderful reflection, it draws one in to look more closely. Have a safe and photo full Memorial Day weekend.

Judy SheldonWalker said...

Great shot, so intriguing.

Madge Bloom said...

Love that reflection, looks like a work of art! Joining your meme for the first time...

TheChieftess said...

cool shot!!! The sculptures take on an ethereal pagan god-like quality in the reflection!

imac said...

Very neat James

Loredana Donovan said...

Very interesting photo and nice reflection in the window. What a great concept for a site. Thanks for sharing. This is my first time participating. Have a great weekend! :)

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

first time posting - via Linda -
thx for promoting creativity !

Stickup Artist said...

Those sculptures are so powerful and lifelike! The one on the bottom right looks like a reflection of an observer of the other 2. I love the idea of incorporating "ornamental motifs derived from natural forms..."