Neon Art Adds a Little Light Bright to Your Crib

David Bowie Ziggy Stardust neon art | Girlfriend is Better
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If you’re a lover of the nightlife, consider adding some sex appeal to your boudoire this month.  Mix ultra-modern neon art with vintage furnishings for a nice juxtaposition of art and decor. Here are a few of my favorites for your viewing pleasure.

Floccinaucinihilipilification by Kerim Seiler | Neon
Floccinaucinihilipilification by Kerim Seiler

Neon Installations

Light and Space artists are interested in pushing the boundaries of perception. San Diego local Robert Irwin first started using neon light in the 1970s. Irwin has a clean linear style that challenges your visual perspective. His explorations of color relationships can be viewed in 30 public collections worldwide. This includes Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. (San Diego locals can visit Quint Gallery in Clairemont.) Snag a collectible piece of your own! Visit Artsy, and see what you think. Perfect collectible for anyone who’s caught on to a minimalism decor style or likes a Talking Heads aesthetic.

Sweet Sweet by Robert Irwin | Neon installation | Girlfriend is Better
© Robert Irwin | Photo credit: Philipp Scholz Rittermann | Photo courtesy: Quint Gallery via Artsy

Express Yourself

Letter art is a fun way to make a statement in the comfort of your own home. Take a look at the work of Camilo Matiz for some excellent inspiration. An award-winning director and artist, Matiz’s series, “Here Not There” is a study of reflection. How do you perceive yourself in these days of social media?

Take a Selfie/Fake a Life Neon art by Camilo Matiz | Girlfriend is Better
Art: Camilo Matiz | Photo courtesy: Avant Gallery

Red Light District

If you are wanting to tap into your inner vixen, take a look at The Neon Girls. Warning! These images are not for the faint of heart! João Oliveira uses neon light overlays with photos of women in a myriad of scandalous poses. The photos are layered and created in Photoshop and the result is quite fetching. Interested in modeling for one yourself? Contact João if you’re in London town.

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Another exploration in superficiality is expressed through Javier Martin’s Lies and Light. Martin’s work using neon is unapologetically commercial, perfect for a Girl Boss lair. Did you catch our article on Vaporwave? Javier also believes that we are blinded by consumerism. At least some of us have taste!

Blindness Light by Javier Martin | Neon Photography | Girlfriend is Better
Blindness Light by Javier Martin

I Just Can’t Get Enough

For neon junkies, collecting art pieces can be quite addictive. The largest collection of neon art in Europe belongs to Chris Bracey. Bracey’s collection has been dubbed, “God’s Own Junkyard“. As an artist, he has created pieces for Stanley Kubrick, “Bladerunner”, and all of the Superman films. He recommends visiting the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas and MONA in LA for fixes.

Neon collectible from God's Own Junkyard | Girlfriend is Better
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Play With Laser Light

Another way to incorporate the art form is by using trick photography. Create a neon effect by transposing light over a photograph. Check out our article on double exposure photography for more creative gems. This is one of our most popular reads!

Double exposure photography neon effect | Girlfriend is Better
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Make a Statement

So you’ve seen the art that gets my blood pumping. What kind of neon art speaks to you? Is there a daily affirmation you’d like to post? A cultural statement you’d like to make? Get on board with the art trend, but remember to do it a little bit different.

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