I work with visual art professionals every day. Most often I use art references to suggest a style, a palette or a tonality that is appropriate to the brand that we are working on. I always get blank faces.

We need to put the thirst back in design professionals to be aware, appreciative and understand art. So my Thursday posts are going to be about the artists who inspired me.

The spectacle of the sky overwhelms me. I’m overwhelmed when I see, in an immense sky, the crescent of the moon, or the sun. There, in my pictures, tiny forms in huge empty spaces. Empty spaces, empty horizons, empty plains – everything which is bare has always greatly impressed me. ~ Joan Miró

Yet another Catalan inspiration. Joan Miró i Ferra was ridiculed for his work in Barcelona and like a lot of other artists during his time he moved to Montparnasse, Paris. He dabbled early in Fauvism and Cubism before joining the Surrealist movement. His child-like work evokes curiosity and often a sense of wondrous melee.

Joan Miró was among the first artists to develop automatic drawing as a way to undo previous established techniques in painting, and thus, with André Masson, represented the beginning of Surrealism as an art movement. However, Miró chose not to become an official member of the Surrealists in order to be free to experiment with other artistic styles without compromising his position within the group. He pursued his own interests in the art world, ranging from automatic drawing and surrealism, to expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, and Color Field painting. Four-dimensional painting was a theoretical type of painting Miró proposed in which painting would transcend its two-dimensionality and even the three-dimensionality of sculpture. WIKIPEDIA more here

I always found his paintings an exercise in simplicity and freedom. He created his unique World of association and narrative like an organic flowchart of connected floating symbols or representations. These were often displayed against a vastness of barren space.

He further worked on murals, sculptures, spaces and more paintings before he passed on on the 25th of December 1983 in Majorca, Spain. With Joan Miró, you learn to see the World in a new light of fragmented concepts connected with strains of thought – he remains a true inspiration.