2d Art & Pattern

Geometric patterning is of course one of the more familiar forms of ‘geometry-in-art. In 1982 I produced a book dedicated to this subject that presented hundreds of examples of entirely Geometric Patterns.

This was intended to be a source book for present-day designers, and for this reason I tried to select patterns that had minimal cultural associations. This proved to be difficult. I found that even the most basic designs tended to carry some indication of their origin.

Simple Celtic patterns, for example, always seemed to carry a certain resonance with that particular artistic tradition - as did those from Islamic, Chinese and Meso-American sources. All of these artistic cultures, and others, had rich traditions of decorative art, but their stylistic associations naturally limited their use in contemporary design.

This problem has continued to fascinate me. To the extent that geometric pattern and design has a future role in the applied arts, new forms have to be found that are appropriate for today. The following work (some of which is drawn from my original book) are various explorations in that direction. I have also included an extended collection of simple, purely geometric designs. All the images presented here are available as fine prints on application.

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Cube Dissections (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 12

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Crystal Forms 2 (variation 1)

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Caged Spikys (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 9

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Cubiform Crystallographic Models 1

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Geometric Motif + Triangles

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Crystal Forms 2 (variation 3)

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Mazzocchio 1 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 16

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Cheerful Melancholia

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Pattern Piece 20 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 17

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Crystal Forms 5 (variation 2)

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Mazzocchio 2 (variation 2)

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Crystal Forms 2 (variation 2)

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Pattern Piece 8

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Caged Spikys (variation 2)

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Crystallography Models 2 (variation 2)

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Crystal Forms 2 (variation 5)

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Pattern Piece 3

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Intersecting Cubiform Crystal Study 25 (Monochrome)

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Pattern Piece 1 (variation 1)

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Intersecting Cubiform Crystal Study 24 (Monochrome)

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Jaunty Diagram 1

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Jaunty Diagram 2

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Jaunty Diagram 3

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Jaunty Diagram 4

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Pattern Piece 14

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9 Interpenetrating Cubiform Crystals

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Mazzocchio 2 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 5 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 25

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Crystal Forms 3 (Neon variation)

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Pattern Piece 24

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Octahedral Prism arrangement

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Cubiform Knot Figure 1

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Oddball 1

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3 Intersecting Blocks

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Skeletized Polyhedra (after Leonardo)

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Pattern Piece 6

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2 Nesting Dodecahedra

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Pattern Piece 23 (variation 2)

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Crystal Forms 5 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 23 (variation 1)

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Crystal Forms 2 (variation 4)

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Nested Polygons X 4 (after Max Bill)

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Pattern Piece 4

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Oddball 2

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Pattern Piece 17 (Mysterioso)

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4 Versions of Interpenetrating Cubes

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Nested Polygons (augmented)

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Caged Spiky 1

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Cheerful Melancholia

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Enantiomorphic Crystal Forms

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Crystal Forms 3 (variation 1)

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Pattern Piece 13

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Interpenetrating Cubiform Crystals (Blue ground)

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Pattern Piece 7

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Crystal Forms 7 (monochrome version)

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Three Intersecting Blocks (Mezzotint version)

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Pattern Piece 22

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Crystallography models (variation 1)

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Mazzocchio 1 (variation 2)

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Pattern Piece 8 (Mysterioso version)

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Pattern Piece 10 (variation 1)

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The 5 Platonic Solids (Mysterioso version)

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Pattern Piece 8

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Neon Truncated Icosahedron

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Pattern Piece 2

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Nested Skeletized Polyhedra I

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Pattern Piece 8

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Pattern Piece 20 (variation 1)

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9 Irregular Polyhedra (var. 1)

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9 Irregular Polyhedra (Neon version)

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Crystal Forms 7 (variation 2)

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3 Intersecting Oblong Blocks (with strips)

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Curvilinear Alhambra Pattern