Creating loose, abstract, imperfect compositions can be a frustrating task that sometimes results in a piece that looks like it was produced by a toddler (no offense to toddlers; their work is frequently brilliant). Illustrator Alexander Purdy brings a level of refinement and seeming effortlessness to this loose brand of illustration that dips in and out of abstraction and imperfection to create beautifully hand-crafted images.
These pieces are a selection of recent personal work on his Tumblr that have a common thread of reference to the natural world, directly or indirectly. Stylized plants and vegetation are treated graphically with a reduced palette, but seem to have a meditative and pastoral quality not unlike impressionist painters’ work, particularly Matisse. Purdy brings a fresh perspective to those references and carves out a stylistic niche that is both delicate and playful. Follow him on Tumblr to see more of this work as it develops, and check out more of his work on his portfolio site.