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Mid-Century Modern Architecture on Acid

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In Australian artist Paul Davies’ paintings, mid-century homes dominate the landscape with their linear styling, large windows and near ubiquitous swimming pools. His dreamy paintings feature washes of color that bring them into a later era, one filled with drug experimentation taking place after the seemingly idyllic 50s and 60s. Here the swimming pools are often empty and unused, the symbols of a bygone optimism and strict perfectionism now forgotten.

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Davies’ pieces are painted with a process Andy Warhol would be proud of – stencils. In this way he can replicate the shapes of his images many times, while changing elements or colors to his liking. This repetition – far from reducing his creativity – allows Davies’ to re-imagine each image with differing hued moods. While some of his paintings are somber, like his houses in the white snowy winter; others pop with vibrant details like a pink 60s flower dress.

Davies says he was inspired by both the Bauhaus aesthetic and by the urban landscapes of Jeffrey Smart, a fellow Austrailian. You can see more of these fantastic pieces at PaulDavies.com.au.

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Benjamin Starr

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Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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