Richard Brown Deco Decay

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Deco Decay

16h x 20w
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Deco Decay

Art Deco, or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France during the 1920s, flourished internationally during the 30s and 40s, then waned in the post-World War II era.

Its name was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925, where the style was first exhibited.

Art Deco represented many things for many people.

When the world was going through its darkest times during the 30s and World War II, the "elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity" of these designs created an escape into a brighter, more exciting future.

It was the style of the flapper girl and the factory, the luxury ocean liner and the skyscraper, and the fantasy world of Hollywood. Art Deco affected all forms of design, from the fine and decorative arts to fashion, film, photography, transport and product design. It was modern and it was everywhere.

The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.

I was attracted to this image because I enjoy the Deco period, but also because I liked the juxtaposition of this elegant hood ornament, with the ravages of time.

Rust never sleeps.

Mother Nature always wins.

Deco Decay was drawn with Prismacolor colour pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum.

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