Alphonse Mucha is one of my heroes. It doesn’t matter how many middle-aged women have his advertisement for Moet & Chandon or Nestle Chocolate hanging in their kitchens, his work is compelling, beautiful and singlehandedly defined the art nouveau movement in Europe in the early part of last century. If you follow my Tumblr feed you’ll know just how affected I am with the heavy line, rococo style that Mucha’s images are so reliant on.
Which is why when I saw the work of Amsterdam-based Dutch artist Martine Johanna, I had to post it to 10 Times One. Johanna seems also to have been taken by Mucha’s art nouveau concept. She renders it so beautifully with a strong line aesthetic and certainly imbues it with a healthy dose of her own sexual energy.
In these drawings you can easy see the art nouveau inspiration along with her history of fashion design and figure drawing. The eroticism thrums just underneath the surface.
“I grew up in a small village, dreaming of other realities than mine, my fantasy rescued me then. Since I slowly found my way back to my pencils in 2006, I again get lost in this other reality. When I draw or paint, the world becomes translucent and fluid. Like the tale of Alice, but I am not a lost girl, I am the dark wanderer over rooftops, sliding into your dreams” – Martine Johanna
If you like Johanna’s style it’s possible to purchase prints and silkscreens of her work from her website. Thrill your house guests and make your walls the envy of your cute neighbor when you invite them to dinner.
The Nouveau Erotica of Audrey Kawasaki – more sexually charged line drawn artistry.