I was looking for inspiring minimalist images when I came upon some posters of cultural icons and personalities â€“ Spock, Einstein, Bob Dylan, Stallone, etc. These were pretty interesting, so I checked out the artist â€“ Noma Bar, an Israeli graphic artist-illustrator-designer.
His work is unique in that it combines elements of caricature, editorial cartoon, and graphic design. He has already published two books featuring his own works â€“ The many faces of Noma and Negative Space.
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I consider Noma Barâ€™s works as great examples of minimalism â€“ they give subtle to subliminal graphic communication. Barâ€™s artwork speaks through the cultural icons ( that are presented as awkwardly positioned elements and placed on negative space creating an optical illusion. Whatâ€™s more is that these effectively communicate with the observer using minimal to no text or typography at all. Itâ€™s like Spock telling you â€œLive long and prosperâ€ minus the Nimoy voice. Here are some of Noma Barâ€™s iconic works:
The Economist Cover
Best Books Rhetoric
Forgive Your Enemies
You can check his portfolio here.
Nomaâ€™s works somehow transcend â€“ or combine â€“ graphic design and the art of painting. Itâ€™s like a totally new genre that has a hint of Picassoâ€™s cubism and is suffused with Warholâ€™s pop culture sensibilities. Though it is stereotyped as a generic, anyone-can-do-that style, graphic design is shown in a new light under Nomaâ€™s unique style.