M.C. Escher

Fish/Boat (No.72) – 1948, Colour Pencil, Ink

Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898 – 1972), is renowned graphic artist, who’s work has inspired people all around the world. He is most celebrated for his surreal impossible constructions, such as Ascending and Descending, Relativity, as well as his Transformation Prints, including Metamorphosis I and Sky and Water I and more.

During his lifetime, He made approximately 448 lithographs, woodcuts and wood engravings and over 2000 drawings and sketches. As an interesting observation, he was left handed like some of his famous predecessors, – Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Holbein.

Fish/Boat (No.72) – 1948, Colour Pencil, Ink

He was born in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, as the fourth and youngest son of a civil engineer. After 5 years the family moved to Arnhem where Escher spent most of his youth. After failing his high school exams, Maurits ultimately was enrolled in the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem. After only one week, he informed his father that he would rather study graphic art instead of architecture, as he had shown his drawings and linoleum cuts to his graphic teacher Samuel Jessurun de Mesquita, who encouraged him to continue with graphic arts.”


Escher Tessellations are very inspiring, demonstrating ways of achieving perfect symmetry and working with interconnecting shapes. Fish/Boat is a lovely piece of work, with a high level of detail, which the shapes perfect fit together like a puzzle, creating a successful, colourful and detailed repeat pattern. I can use this technique as a bases to creating a more contemporary pattern, that is simplified in both detail and colour. Looking in current home decorators magazines, the trend seems to be painted walls, with the facing wall covered in wallpaper. Trending wallpaper design seems to be using a limited colour palette, with simpler repeat patterns that look stylish. My wallpaper designs will try to follow the current trend and I will work on producing simple, yet stylish tessellations, using symmetry.

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