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Artist Lucy William's Remarkable Illustrations of 20th Century Modernism

Artist Lucy William's Remarkable Illustrations of 20th Century Modernism

Neither photographs nor renders, all of the images in this post are actually the intricately handcrafted creations of British artist Lucy Williams, a skilled paper-cutter with an incredible amount of patience. Luckily for us architecture fiends, the stars of Williams’ mixed-media works are her 20th century modernist designs. Check out more of her amazing work after the break.

Bricket Wood, 2013. Plexiglas, cork, balsa wood, paper, card, walnut veneer, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery Bousfield School, 2013. Paper, card, Plexiglas, cork, gravel effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery 66 Frognal, 2014. Miniature red house bricks, Plexiglas, paper, card, cork, balsa wood, piano wire, scenic polyester voile, grass effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery Howard House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, obeche strip wood and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery + 5

Howard House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, obeche strip wood and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery
Howard House, 2014. Plexiglas, paper, cork, obeche strip wood and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery

As a basis for her creations, Williams collects photographs of modernist buildings and their interiors. She then transforms and abstracts what she sees to create incredibly detailed three-dimension pieces, which contain everything from card to balsa wood to wool embroidery.

Bousfield School, 2013. Paper, card, Plexiglas, cork, gravel effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery
Bousfield School, 2013. Paper, card, Plexiglas, cork, gravel effect scenic mat, silver colored card and acrylic paint on board. Image Courtesy of McKee Gallery

Just last month, the McKee Gallery hosted Williams’ fourth exhibit in New York. The exhibit was an ode to London’s Festival of Britain in 1951, a daring post-war attempt to boost spirits through the celebration of modernist architecture and design (among other disciplines). The bright colors and positive purpose of the festival is reflected in Williams’ work within what was presented in the exhibit and beyond.

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Cite: Jennifer Whelan. "Artist Lucy William's Remarkable Illustrations of 20th Century Modernism" 05 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/524236/20th-century-modernist-images-photographs-or-renders/> ISSN 0719-8884
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