Drawing 1, Part 2: Research – At home

I have been researching the work of artists who worked with the subject of interiors, to see their different styles and perspectives.

Anthony Green (1993). Madeline Joscelyne with her Son

The first work I found was Madeline Joscelyne and her Son by Anthony Green. This is a very busy, detailed view of the interior of a sitting room taken from an above perspective. It is like a bird’s eye view. I love all the attention to detail, and the way the perspective is warped.

David Hockney, (1985-1986), California Interior

I love the way David Hockney has warped the perspective of this interior, and treated the subjects in a geometric fashion. The colours are bold and solid, with no shading, or highlights, or shadows. The furniture looks out of proportion. A very unique piece of art.

David Hockney, (1990), Large Interior Los Angeles

I really like the way Hockney has painted this interior. It has realism yet is also abstract. The proportions of the furniture are distorted, and the walls look geometric, with triangular shapes featuring. There is a lot of detail. There is an emphasis on yellow and orange, which gives a bright, cheery and optimistic feel to this image.

Vincent Van Gogh, (1888), The Bedroom

This is a lovely painting. The colours are rustic and simple. The perspective is exaggerated. The texture of the floor looks dry and rough. There are pictures on the walls, and there is attention to detail such as the coats behind the bed and the wash bowl and jug on the little table. He has used a limited palette.

Kate Napp, My Bedroom

I have chosen this image by contemporary artist Kate Napp, because it is bright and happy, and I like the style of painting. The colours she uses have lots of variations, and the highlights are subtle. The subjects are in perspective, and you also get a sense of the outside, as you can see trees behind the windows. This makes the image seem less claustrophobic and closed in. The detail is implied, rather than explicit. There are relaxed references, such as the jeans laid out on the chest. This makes the room feel lived in.

Pablo Picasso, (1956), The Studio at La Californie

Here we see the bold way in which Picasso treated the interior of his studio. The shapes are dramatic and defined and the palette is limited. There is some detail, for example, the painting on the right. It almost looks like a church or chapel, with its windows. The shapes look a little out of proportion, and they do not stand straight, but lean at various angles. There is a coldness about the image, probably because of the lack of colour.

Jonas Woods,(2017), Jungle Kitchen

I love the way Jonas Woods, in Jungle Kitchen, has created something so intricate, and has transformed an ordinary room into a jungle adventure! Lots of lines here, and floral shapes. The green makes the mood very calm and relax. I love the addition of the bird high on the wall, which brings a touch of life into this plant paradise. The lines and shapes in this painting are simple, yet the base of it, its ‘skeleton’ revolves around the sink and work surfaces, which are very straight, geometric, and proportionally correct. The flowers on the windowsill, and the ‘food’ on the right hand side give a human element to the piece.

It has been very interesting to see the work of these artists and consider how they could inspire my own work. I enjoy the unusual perspectives in some of them, especially Anthony Green and David Hockneys’ paintings. I also like the way some of the artists such as Van Gogh and Kate Napp simplify their subjects, softening details and implying texture.


Anthony Green, (1993), Madeline Joscelyne and her Son [watercolour, oil pastel and pencil] At: https://www.artfund.org/supporting-museums/art-weve-helped-buy/artwork/4486/madeline-joscelyne-with-her-son (Accessed 07/05/2021)

David Hockney, (1985-86), California Interior [Acrylic on canvas] At: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/david-hockney-california-interior?fbclid=IwAR2b7DXWVrkAymmlZ6vh2aC0qZgqpo0_w0oPaUYt6wCufNSWN3K6omvu6j4 (Accessed 07/05/2021)

David Hockney, (1990), Large Interior Los Angeles [Offset Lithogram] At: https://www.mrandmrsclarks.co.uk/artworks/categories/6/9501-david-hockney-large-interior-los-angeles-1990/ (Accessed 07/05/2021)

Vincent Van Gogh, (1888), The Bedroom At: https://www.vangoghgallery.com/painting/the-bedroom.html (Accessed 07/05/2021)

Kate Napp, My Bedroom [oil on canvas] At: http://laurenclarkfineart.com/news/events/interiors-four-painters-and-a-glass-artist/ (Accessed 07/05/2021)

Pablo Picasso, (1956), The Studio at La Californie At: https://www.pablopicasso.org/the-studio-at-la-californie.jsp#prettyPhoto (Accessed 07/05/2021)

Jonas Woods, (2017), Jungle Kitchen At: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/artist-jonas-wood (Accessed 07/05/2021)


  1. Interesting post.
    Well, Picasso changed his painting style many times, very many. I can understand how he can be assumed a superb groundbreaker and so on, but I personally never liked Picasso’s works. For innovation, sure, he gets the points, but when I take into account the other aspects, I think Picasso is overvalued.
    Loved the jungle kitchen and what it looked like pastel bedroom.
    It is also so that a small picture on the internet cannot do any justice to many paintings. Plus, colors are different on different devices, but this post definitely attracted attention.
    I hope you’re safe and fine!

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    • I see what you mean about Picasso, though I agree he was very innovative. He had many definite ‘periods’ where his work was markedly different to other such periods; quite dramatically so, as you will know.
      I was discussing with a friend about how viewing images on a screen does not have the impact of seeing the work in real life. You cannot get the scale, you cannot get the mood, its a whole different experience. I have been trying to do life drawing over zoom, and it is just not the same, screen vs reality.

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