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In July 2016 the Tate Modern will be exhibiting a major retrospective of the American modernist artist Georgia O'Keeffe’s work.

The Jigsaw design team have been inspired by her stunning paintings and poetic use of colour, but also by her as a style icon and phenomenally ambitious woman. She had a very definitive style, dressing mainly in monochromatic black and white, creating a striking contrast to the beautifully graded colour palettes of her artwork. The many charismatic photographs taken of her over the decades show her shifting between a black Kimono, a stark white shirt, an elegantly wrapped headscarf and even a mans tailored suit in her later years: A powerful and decisive style that defined her character and ambition.

In researching Georgia’s work, Jigsaw have also discovered a series of powerful photographs of her hands, taken by her husband Alfred Steiglitz. Alfred was a renowned American photographer and modern art promoter of the time, who first encountered Georgia in 1916 and then later became her husband from 1924-46, ending only due to his death. These beautiful photos offer a personal insight into their intimate relationship and a charming representation of the skill contained within an artist’s hand.

With a strong focus of the exhibition being based of Georgia’s profound influences on future generations, Jigsaw have approached two modern day artists and asked them to create works inspired by Georgia with their own unique approach:

  • Sam Kerr is a graphic artist and illustrator who specialises in the art of Tessellation. Taking inspiration from Alfred Stieglitz’s photographs of Georgia's hands he has created a clever graphic print of her interlinking hands with geometric precision.
  • Rob Phillips is an illustrative Artist specialising in figurative works and also Creative Director of London College of Fashion. Inspired by Georgia and her works he has created a series of illustrations which have been translated to prints for clothing and accessories. 
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