Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Famous Artists inspire Nail Art Masterpieces

You don’t have to visit your nearest art museum for a little culture.
These nail art masterpieces are as close as your fingertips!


JAN BRUEGHEL THE ELDER
Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Jan Brueghel the Elder mastered the art of the still life. Gorgeous floral bouquets contrast brightly against a dark background and high-contrast lighting. To recreate the look, layer a black or dark-coloured base on your nails, then paint on clusters of bright pink, blue, and green. Alternatively, you can also press gorgeous nail decals onto the nail as in the image above.



CLAUDE MONET
Perhaps the most popular Impressionist painter, Claude Monet is known for his paintings with hazy atmospheres and romantic colour palettes. His abstract and hurried brushstrokes give the viewer an impression of the scene rather than a realistic portrayal. Here, Robin Moses hand paints a Claude Monet manicure, inspired by one his most beloved works, Woman With a Parasol.



PIET MONDRIAN
Dutch painter Piet Mondrian was an important figure in the De Stijl and Neoplastic movements of art, which sought to reduce artistic form to its essential vertical and horizontal planes. You can instantly recognize his work from the strict geometric grid and use of saturated primary colours. Create your own grid with black polish and a thin art-store paintbrush.



MARK ROTHKO
Mark Rothko was a 20th-century Expressionist painter who was most famous for his massive colour fields, which overlap and fade into one another without rigid borders. Nail visionaries CND tried a similar aesthetic with a navy airbrushed look at fashion designer Jen Kao’s 2012 Spring/Summer runway collection.



JACKSON POLLOCK
Another 20th-century Expressionist, Jackson Pollock pioneered the “drip” technique of painting that his work is so well known for. He was the complete opposite of the archetypal artist, preferring the floor as his easel and house paints as his medium. To create a similar splatter effect on your nails, first apply a pale, opaque base coat. Choose brightly coloured nail polishes with a runny consistency (the newer the polish, the runnier the texture) and drip the paint on your nails with the brush. The result may look messy, but you can clean up the edges after the drips dry and you’ve sealed your design with a topcoat.



ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Roy Lichtenstein, a mid-century Pop Artist, took inspiration from the industrial imagery of the 1950s. Like Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein used familiar commercial items (most notably comic strips), and turned them into an art form. His use of saturated primary colours and dramatic sound-effects words like Boom! Pow! and Thap! cultivated a signature retro-American style. Paint your nails in shades of neon, add striped or dotted patterns, and draw or write your favorite comic-strip characters and phrases.

Art / Nail Art image credits (top to bottom):
Jan Brueghel The Elder: weheartit.com
Claude Monet: Robin Moses
Piet Mondrian: zebber.tumblr.com
Mark Rothko: Wanda Ruiz and team
Jackson Pollock: Jessicas Nail Art
Roy Lichtenstein: Supa Nails

Original article published at beautylish.com

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