The aim of Exvista is to raise awareness and appreciation of our rich and diverse architecture.
To this end, I have created a collection of affordable, original digital vector artworks and paintings to represent some of my favourite buildings, with a local focus on Manchester and Stockport.
As we go about our daily lives, it is easy to begin to take these architectural treasures for granted. Exvista prompts you to pause for reflection, and consider how lucky you are to be surrounded by such beautiful buildings.
By isolating each of these buildings, I create a focus on the shape, colour and details that define the building.
Drawing on the imagery of the classic travel posters of the 1920s and 1930s, the artwork is produced in a fresh, unfussy, contemporary style.
The method I use involves the creation of vector-based images that combine the precision of technical illustration, the form and depth of architectural visualisation and the emotional expression of photographic images.
I seek to capture the essence of the buildings, through varying degrees of abstraction, whilst retaining their defining characteristics.
The geometry of the buildings is described in as few lines as possible, using vivid colouring and subtle gradients to accentuate the forms and their response to light.
About Digital Art
Bitmap or Vector
Bitmap (or raster) images are stored as a series of tiny dots called pixels. Each pixel is actually a very small square that is assigned a color, and then arranged in a pattern to form the image. When you zoom in on a bitmap image you can see the individual pixels that make up that image.
Unlike bitmaps, vector images are not based on pixel patterns, but instead use mathematical formulae to draw lines and curves that can be combined to create an image from geometric objects such as circles and polygons.
Vector images have some important advantages over bitmap images. Vector image files tend to be smaller than bitmap image files. That’s because a bitmap image has to store colour information for each individual pixel that forms the image. A vector image just has to store the mathematical formulae that make up the image, which take up less space.
Vector images are also more scalable than bitmap images. When a bitmap image is scaled up you begin to see the individual pixels that make up the image. This is most noticeable in the edges of the image. There are ways of making these jagged edges less noticeable but this often results in making the image blurry as well. When a vector image is scaled up, the image is redrawn using the mathematical formulae. The resulting image is just as sharp as the original.
About Eamonn Murphy
Eamonn has become widely recognised for his outstanding ability to express the inherent beauty of architectural structures in bold, graphic statements.
With a passionate interest in the built environment, he takes inspiration from the amazing ingenuity that is often involved in the creation of these structures.
He exhibits regularly and creates works of art for general sale, personal collections and private commissions using a wide range of materials and techniques, from traditional watercolours and acrylics to digitally-created images applied to various surfaces.
After a foundation in fine art, he specialised in graphic design and has forged a successful career in this field as an independent practitioner.
Early on in his career he became fascinated by the emergence of the personal computer and decided to concentrate his activity on exploring the potential this new technology possessed to revolutionise the way organisations and people communicated.
This fascination underpins his particular focus on the creation of original, digital works of art. He constantly seeks to make effective use of new technologies, exploring how best they can be applied in the artistic process.