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Op Art Abstract Paintings

OP ART STYLE

The Op art movement emerged in the 1960s, mirroring the counterculture of the time in its embrace of visual trickery, graphic shapes and bright colors.

Spreading across Europe and the Americas, the style — whose name is short for “optical art” — influenced advertising, fashion and interior design before fading in the early ’70s.

Op art remained significant, however, for artists and scientists interested in the nature of perception. And today, it’s seeing a resurgence of interest from collectors and interior designers.

Op artists played with the principles of perception, manipulating line, shape, patterns and color to create the illusion of depth and movement. They drew on and evolved methods developed by past movements, from Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism, to produce intense visual experiences.

All the Op artists shared a focus on the gap between what is and what we perceive. Each, however, had a distinct approach to the issue and a unique visual style.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of Op art that includes works by Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Jesús Rafael Soto and more.

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Prochromatique YC2
Located in Tbilisi, GE
Canvas with steel colored steel bars Signed Unique
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

SUNBURST (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to a square shaped wood giving illusion of movement. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

SPRING (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to square shaped wood giving illusion of movement.. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in e...
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Early 2000s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Optical Composition - Original Painting by Carlo Montesi - 1970s
Located in Roma, IT
Optical Composition is an original artwork realized by the Italian contemporary master, Carlo Montesi in the 1970s. In good conditions. Tempera, oil painting, cementite on cardboa...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Tempera, Cardboard

Cascadia 4 (grid painting abstract wood contemporary vivid colors optical art)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"Cascadia 4" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, mark-making and blur de...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Spray Paint, Wood Panel

"71 Colors From Violet To Brown on Target" Colorful Abstract Op Art Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Large colorful abstract geometric painting by California based artist Rafael Gaete. Grid painting incorporating 71 geometric colored vertical lines against a big fuzzed-out black-and...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Megalopolis, OP Art Painting
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Roy Ahlgren, American (1927 - 2011) Title: Megalopolis Year: 1972 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed and dated verso Size: 34 x 34 inches
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Night Nurse, Large Magritte-like Surreal Painting by Backstrom aka Beck o Jung
Located in Long Island City, NY
An oil painting by Holger Bäckström from 1979. A mixed media collage and oil painting produced by the company Beck & Jung, a collaborative duo between Holger Bäckström and Bo Lju...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Undulating Units
Located in Palm Desert, CA
An abstract, Op Art painting by Francis Celentano. "Undulating Units" is a black and white, abstract Op Art painting from seminal Op Artist Francis Celentano. "Undulating Units" is a...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Vivid Cool Tone Curves, Graffiti Style Acrylic Painting on Paper, Organic Shapes
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Vivid Cool Tone Curves" is an abstract painting by Spanish artist Natalia Roman. It is a beautiful series of rhythmic brushstrokes combined with subtle tones and unique shapes that ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Archival Paper, Archival Ink

"69 Colors From Green To Purple on Target" Colorful Abstract Op Art Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Large colorful abstract geometric painting by California based artist Rafael Gaete. Grid painting incorporating 69 geometric colored vertical lines against a big fuzzed-out black-and...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Universal Singularity" Colorful and Vibrant Geometric Abstract Op Art Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Colorful abstract geometric drawing on board by Anthony Reans incorporating hand drawn lines that form a kaleidoscopic pattern. Artist uses the Reversible Image illusion and Optical ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media, Pen

B-139
By Tadasky / Tadasuke Kuwayama
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Tadasky (Tadasuke) Kuwayama. "B-139" is an abstract painting executed in circles of red, blue and yellow by Op Artist Tadasky (Tadasuke) Kuwayama. Signed, verso, "Tadas...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Translumina
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Richard Anuszkiewicz. "Translumina" is a geometric abstract, acrylic on wood painting executed teal, blue, violet and black by American Op Artist Richard Anuszkiewicz. ...
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1980s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

Elliptical Kinetic Painting
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Francis Celentano. "Elliptical Kinetic Painting" is an abstract, acrylic on masonite painting by Post War/Op Artist Francis Celentano. Celentano is one of the seminal a...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Masonite, Acrylic

Victor Vasarely, Koer, Acrylic on canvas, 1974
Located in Miami, FL
The artwork is signed on the front, signed and dated on the back, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity delivered by Pierre Vasarely. Born in 1907 in Pécs, Austria-Hungar...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

HOMAGE TO HIRST (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to a rectangle shaped wood. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Cer...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Wood, Acrylic

in City and in Forest 13 (blue painting abstract wood royal navy cobalt grid)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"in City and in Forest 12" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, graffiti ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Spray Paint, Wood Panel

20th Century large optical art oil on board painting
Located in Petworth, GB
Circle of Victor Vasarely Oil on board 47 x 47 in. (119 x 119 cm.)
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20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Oil, Board

Operenccia, Large OP Art Painting by Victor Vasarely
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Victor Vasarely, Hungarian (1908 - 1997) Title: Operenccia Year: 1954/1986 Medium: Acrylic on Board, signed, dated and titled in marker verso Size: 40 in. x 66 in. (101.6 cm ...
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1950s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Richard Anuszkiewicz 1963 Original Painting
Located in San Francisco, CA
Richard Anuszkiewicz: 1930-2020. Very important and well listed American artist. He has auction results as high as $250,000. He was the leader of what would be called OP Art short fo...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic

Duo-2, 1967
Located in Oakland Hills, CA
Created and painted in 1967, it is dated 1967 on the reverse of the board, this image is a rare vintage work. The work is also signed and titled on the reverse and is marked by the s...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic, Gouache, Board

Contemporary geometric abstract Op Art painting w/ green, blue, purple, orange
Located in Bryn Mawr, PA
Free shipping with code ART2021SHIP through December! Benjamin Weaver creates spatial tension through his use of contrasting colors arranged in a geometric framework. Imagery and col...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic, Wood Panel

Michael Kidner, Yellow, Blue and Violet No.2, large oil. Abstract, Op Art
By Michael Kidner
Located in Kingsclere, GB
Yellow, Blue and Violet No.1 (WAG6192) is in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and can be seen on the ArtUK website. PROVENANCE Axiom Gallery, London, from where ...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Atmosphère Chromoplastique N.246 - Acrylic on Wood by L. Tomasello -
Located in Roma, IT
This great work is a part of the Collection ‘Atmosphères chromoplastiques’ which was realized by Tomasello in the mid-1970s, during his stay in Paris and at the very center of the OP...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Hexagon, Large OP Art Painting by Arthur Boden
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Arthur Boden, American XXth Title: Untitled (Hexagon) Year: 1975 Medium: Acrylic on Canvas, signed verso Size: 54 x 51.5 (104.14 cm x 152.4 cm)
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Slightly Twisted
Located in New York, NY
"Slightly Twisted” Acrylic, Ink , mixed mediums on canvas 72 × 40 in 182.9 × 101.6 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media, Acrylic

"The Suspension of Time and Space" Blue Toned Geometric Op Art Abstract Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Geometric abstract painting with grayscale horizontal lines with blue and white stripes running diagonally across the board, creating an optical illusion. The work is signed, titled ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

SPECTRUM (DIMENSIONAL HAND PAINTED WOOD)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted, custom cut and mounted wood. Hand signed on front and verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reason...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

RHYTHM I (DIMENSIONAL HAND PAINTED WOOD)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted custom cut and mounted wood giving illusion of movement. Hand signed on front; signed and titled on verso. Artwork is in excellent condition. Cert...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Large Storm Op-Art Geometric Oil Painting on Board 'Cibotium' 1972
Located in Hudson, NY
Stunning Op-Art geometric oil on board by Larue Storm. Original stainless steel frame
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Mid-20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Paint, Board

Acid-Wave
Located in New York, NY
Striking 3-dimensional acrylic and wood on canvas sculpture by renowned Colombian painter an sculptor, Omar Rayo. Signed, titled, inscribed "New York" and dated in ink on verso. Ex-c...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Wood, Acrylic

“Focal Point (Stare)” Colorful Contemporary Geometric Op Art Abstract Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Minimal linear abstract painting with different colored radial lines bursting across the canvas. The work is signed, titled and dated on the back of the canvas by the artist. The can...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Acrylic

Arcade of Verdue
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Richard Anuazkiewicz. "Arcade of Verdue" is an abstract oil on canvas painting executed in orange and green by Op Artist Richard Anazkiewicz. Signed verso, "Richard Anu...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Oil

Israeli 1970s OP Art Kabbala Painting "Jerusalem, 5732" (Star of David) Judaica
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Ya'acov Kaszemacher, well-known artist and photographer whose unique images of Hassidic festivities are fascinating to view, and offer one an opportunity to peek into the community...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Patrick Hughes - Forking Canals, optical art, reverspective, venice, landscape
Located in London, GB
Patrick Hughes (b.1939) Forking Canals 2014 oil and photographic collage on board construction 76.5 x 220 x 30 cm edition of 5 Price: £48,000 GBP (inc. 20% UK VAT) Provenance: The ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Black and White, Color, Oil, Board

Electric Tulip II
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Lowell Blair Nesbitt, American (1933 - 1993) Title: Electric Tulip II Year: 1980 Medium: Oil on Canvas, signed and dated verso Size: 84 x 60 in. (213.36 x 152.4 cm)
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Oil

Nineteen Hexagons
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Francis Celentano. "Nineteen Hexagons" is an Op Art, geometric abstract painting in black and white by Op Artist Francis Celentano. "Nineteen Hexagons" is an acrylic on...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Masonite, Acrylic

Infinity #53 (monochrome red pen drawing wood detailed oriental dansaekhwa)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
Cheoluy Kim’s practice examines the blurred frontier between perceived reality and fantasy. His work is informed by a childhood growing up on the border of North and South Korea in G...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Pen, Birch, Wood Panel

Patrick Hughes - Cratylus, optical art, reverspective, op art, landscape
Located in London, GB
Patrick Hughes (b.1939) Cratylus 1998 oil on board construction 75 x 231 x 28 cm Price: £84,000 GBP (inc. 20% UK VAT) Provenance: The artist Private collection, London (acquired in...
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1990s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Oil, Board

Contemporary geometric abstract Op Art painting w/ red & pink cubes on orange
Located in Bryn Mawr, PA
Benjamin Weaver creates spatial tension through his use of contrasting colors arranged in a geometric framework. Imagery and color work both with and against each other to create mov...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

Brutalist Op Art Abstract Charcoal Drawing by Miodrag
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning charcoal drawing by Serbian artist Dordevic (or Djordjevic) Miodrag, known as "Miodrag" (1936 -). This work is a charcoal on paper depicting a brutalist abstract form with g...
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1960s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Charcoal

Green Violet
Located in Naples, FL
Modern geometric acrylic on canvas by artist Gabe Silverman
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

Vintage Chokk Mini C Original Op Art Vasarely Collage Painting
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
VICTOR VASARELY (1908-1997) CHOKK-MINI C, 1988. Colored paper collage, signed in black ink lower right Titled, signed, dated and numbered 'VAS-440' on the verso; Frame: 24.75" x 18" ...
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20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Mixed Media

Color block Chair Abstract -- Primary Secondary Tension
By Gerald Liberty
Located in Soquel, CA
Geometric color block abstract of primary and secondary color tension and varying paint texture by Gerald Liberty (American, 20th century). Signed "#1067, 1979 and Gerald Liberty" on...
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1970s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Canvas, Acrylic

#8116
Located in Naples, FL
Modern geometric by artist Gabe Silverman, acrylic on canvas
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

“Collide-A-Scope” Colorful Contemporary Geometric Op Art Abstract Painting
Located in Houston, TX
Minimal linear abstract painting with different colored radial lines bursting across the canvas. The work is signed, titled and dated on the back of the canvas by the artist. The can...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Acrylic, Wood Panel

INFERNO (PAINTING ON WOOD)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on wood giving 3D appearance. Hand signed on verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers ...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

SERENITY (PAINTING ON WOOD)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on wood giving 3D appearance. Hand signed on verso by the artist. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reasonable offers ...
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Late 20th Century Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Acrylic, Wood

FAITH
Located in Aventura, FL
Original painting on canvas. Hand signed and titled on verso by the artist. Canvas is stretched. Artwork is in excellent condition. Certificate of Authenticity included. All reas...
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1980s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Acrylic

SPECTRUM (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to circular shaped wood giving illusion of movement.. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in...
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Early 2000s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

KELEIDOSCOPE (DIMENSIONAL PIECES OF WOOD WITH MAGNETS)
Located in Aventura, FL
Original dimensional hand painted wood pieces with magnets attached to circular shaped wood giving illusion of movement.. Hand signed on front and verso by the artist. Artwork is in...
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Early 2000s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Wood, Acrylic

Pastel Tones Pyramid Diptych, Acrylic Painting on Paper, Abstract Geometric
Located in Barcelona, ES
"Pastel Pyramid Diptych" is an acrylic painting on high-quality watercolor paper of a minimalist architectural sculpture, drawn and painted in the style of Sol Lewitt and other minim...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Oil Pastel, Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache

Cascadia 8 (grid painting abstract wood contemporary vivid colors optical art)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"Cascadia 8" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, charring and sanding techniques on wood. This ethereal and atmospheric painting solicits our visual perception by suggesti...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

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Spray Paint, Wood Panel

Cascadia 4 (grid painting abstract wood contemporary vivid colors optical art)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"Cascadia 4" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, mark-making and blur de...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Spray Paint, Wood Panel

in City and in Forest (vibrant colorful pop acid jazz detailed modern optical)
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"in City and in Forest 22" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, graffiti ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Spray Paint, Wood Panel

in City and in Forest 35 (grid painting abstract wood contemporary yellow blue
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"in City and in Forest 35" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, graffiti ...
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2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Spray Paint, Wood Panel

in City and in Forest
Located in Quebec, Quebec
"in City and in Forest 22" explores the assimilation of aerosol painting, pyrography and sanding techniques on wood. The artist engages her work with notions of repetition, graffiti ...
Category

2010s Op Art Abstract Paintings

Materials

Spray Paint, Wood Panel