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.

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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