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Intricate Geometric Designs: Painting by Howard Hastie

A painting with geometric patterns and figuresUnknown Star Chasers, oil on canvas

Howard Hastie is an oil painter. In his current artistic practice, Howard uses compositions that reflect tapestries, textiles, and intricate geometric designs to produce multidimensional, abstractly narrative artworks. 

A painting inspired by geometric rug designs and tapestriesThe Alchemist's Swan Song, oil on canvas


The artist’s influences range from traditional Persian geometric designs to paintings by Mark Rothko, and looking through Howard’s portfolio it’s fascinating to see how inspirations from various time periods combine in his images. There’s something slightly anachronistic about these works -- at first, it’s easy to think that the painting is a textile piece, with small elements of text and symbolic patterning perhaps serving a narrative purpose. The revelation that these are in fact paintings speaks to Howard’s skill with texturing and blending, as well as attention to detail. 

The front page of Howard Hastie's art


I like the way Howard uses colour, as well -- though the artist works through a variety of palettes and hues, there is clear thought put toward colour relationships and combinations, with most of the works retaining a kind of warm, earthy sensibility overall.

An intricate painting reminiscent of a tapestryThe Chisel Performer, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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