The Atlas of Dreams - Plate 35 (aqua)

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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While it might remind you of Atlantis, this plate owes its surreal qualities to one of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “architectural fantasies”.

“The Atlas of Dreams – Plate 35” combines Piranesi’s engraving, ‘An Imaginary View of the Appian Way, Rome’ with an engraving from The Complete Encyclopedia Of Illustration by J.G. Heck, a painting created by my father, Gus Maier, and an image created in Kai’s Power Tools. The border was created with a Photoshop brush.

“The Atlas Of Dreams” is the longest running series of my artistic career. The original monochrome set of nearly 40 images was produced from 1999 to 2002. In that year, a new series began in color, and continues to this day with over 175 images.

Each plate is composed of two or more base images layered to create something greater than the sum of their parts. Chaotic borders around the images fade into a white background. I initially used many NASA photos of Earth taken from the Space Shuttle and 19th century engravings. Later images began to use images that I had created in ArtMatic and my father’s paintings as well.

The monochrome series began as Greyscale images in Photoshop, which were then tinted with a brown tone for printing on watercolor paper. I’m presenting both the brown toned and b&w versions here, as well as the occasional image that I toned with another color.

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