Tessellation Artists

Of interest is just how many people ‘out there’ are undertaking Escher-like tessellation art. To this end, I now thus investigate. Andrew Crompton, a practising tessellation artist, from as far back as 1984, wondered about this, and indeed, placed an advert, in Private Eye, a UK satirical magazine, asking for tessellation artists to come forward. As a result of this, and his own investigations, he produced a list of 54 people up to 2010, when his active interest ceased. Latterly, Patrick Snels then continued with this in his own way, with a database of 60 artists building upon Crompton’s work, adding a few more instances of his own. Subsequently, in 2017, Francine Champagne began compiling her own listing. Negating Champagne’s work, the matter has lain undisturbed for a good few years. To this end, I have now (2017) taken it upon myself to continue and update this work with a listing of my own, and of which, pleasingly, the number of artists is increasing, considerably so, and now numbering over 100 as of this writing. However, the question arises as to work deemed fit for inclusion. This is not such a straightforward task as may otherwise be thought! People’s interest in tessellation varies, from people who have spent a lifetime in the field, to dilettantes, of just a brief interest in passing, sometimes of just a single instance as a 'one-hit wonder' (marked with an asterisk below), to hundreds, and on one occasion with over 1100 (by Yasukiyo Yoshida) and everything in between. An open question is to whether include schoolchild work; Escher-like tessellation is popular in schools, and so many young people do Escher-like tessellation, although their work is largely without merit and so of little need for an ‘official’ listing here. However, there are adults, such as Otto van Eersel, who have just the one tessellation to their name, and been published! And indeed, adults who have books with next to no understanding of the issues! Who to include therefore is not as straightforward. Indeed, at times, it is an invidious task. The criteria are of at least one work of some degree of merit or at least as judged by common consent of worth or have otherwise some degree of prominence in the field, such as with book publications. The listing below, of 121 artists, is indeed as accurate as is practical. As ever, I am open to further suggestions for artists to be added to this listing. This is really a bare minimum listing, of name, birth and country. Even so, frequently, the backgrounds details are left open-ended; some people seem to delight in obscurity! Although I could at least try and pursue some of these people, I judge the time required better spent elsewhere. Crompton gives brief background details where known. An open invitation to the artists concerned; by all means write a few lines, or more, on yourself and send me in your details. In due course, I would like to add more biographical details, perhaps separately, below the main listing. The letter 'A' after the name indicates that the artist is still active in the field up to the present day. This is not always so; typically, people have just a passing interest, and move on to other interests.

 Name Born Country Number Background
 Allhouse, Eric (A)  US 5 
 Agarwal, Rahul   India  
 Aitch, Paul (Paul Hannah) (A)  United Kingdom  
 Akroyde, Pete  ?  
 Amiraslan Jamal Jamalov  Azerbaijan  Crystallography
 Annal, David 19342008 United Kingdom  
 Araki, Yoshiaki (A) 1973 Japan  
 August, John  United States  
 Bailey, David (A) 1959 United Kingdom c. 30 Artist
 Bard, David  United States  
 Bareiss, Seth 19642014 United States c. 50 
 Beyer, Jinny 1941 United States c. 30 Quiltmaker
 Bilney, Bruce 1950s Australia c. 20 Artist
 Biswas, Debasish  India  
 Bizzi, Regolo (A)  Italy  Artist
 Botlek, Daan  Netherlands  
 Brade, Sam  United Kingdom  
 Brisse, François  Canada 1? 
 Braun, Barton (Bart) (A)  Canada c. 5 
 Call, Trent*  United States  
 Champagne, Francine (A)  Canada 400+ Artist
 Chow, William  United States  
 Coles, Kelvin (A) 1961– United Kingdom  Artist
 Collatz, Lothar 19101990 Germany 3? Mathematician
 Crépeau, Claude 1962– Canada 1 Mathematician
 CrolRené (A) 1949– Netherlands  
 Crompton, Andrew c. 1950s United Kingdom c. 30 Architecture
 Damme, Frank-Ivo van* 1932– Belgium 1 
 Datta, Bonita R.  Canada 2 
 Davey, Paul  United Kingdom 3+? 
 David, Hop  United States  
 Davis, Nathan  Australia  
 Dixon, Alec (A)  United Kingdom  Artist
 Dorenbos, Rosa (A) 1989– Netherlands 31 Artist
 DuFort, Andy J.*  US  
 Edwards, Chris X  United States  
 Eersel, Otto van 1925– Netherlands 1 
 Erbek, Kaya  Turkey  
 Escher, Maurits Cornelis 18981972 Netherlands 137 Artist
 Fairbanks, Thomas  United States  
 Fathauer, Robert (A) 1960– United States  Mathematician
 Ferrero, Martin  ?  
 Fisher, Adrian  United Kingdom  
 Fisher, Seth 19722006 United States  
 Foster, Thomas E. 19392015 United States
 Fugita, Shin (A) 1957– Japan  
 Garcia, Doly  Spain  
 Gardner, Ronald  United States  
 Garrett, David  ? 5+? 
 Gauld, Tom*  UK 1+? 
 Gelenscar, Klara  Hungary  
 Grosvenor, Emily  United States  Artist
 Group, David  ?  
 Gurten, Alexander  Germany 
 Hart, Tony* 19252009 UK 1 Artist
 Harvey, Marta  United States  Artist
 Hassell, Richard (A)  Australia  Architect
 ‘hereiamagain’ (teepublic)   3 
 Hodgetts, Blake  United States  
 Horiuchi, Tatsuo (also known as Horrister) (A)  1949– Japan  
 Huseynaliyev, Huseynali  Azerbaijan  
 Ingalls, Robert  United States 1+? 
 Jamal, Jamalov   Azerbaijan  
 ‘javirams’ (teepublic site)   2 
 Kaminari, Satoshi  Japan  
 Kannari, Tomomi  Japan  
 Kaplan, Craig 1972– Canada  Mathematician
 Kauffmann, Robert  United States  
 Kerkhof, Renée van den 1991– Netherlands 20 Literary Science and Illustration
 Kerr, Sam  United Kingdom 2? 
 Khodot, Alexander  Russia  
 Komodo, Kurt 1969– US?  
 Kubo, Michio 1934– Japan 19 
 Krebs, Bruce  France 1 
 Kuiper, Hans  Netherlands  Artist
 LaPalme, Michael  Thailand  
 Landry, Kenneth  United States  
 Lefelhocz, John W. 1967– United States  
 Leys, Jos 1928– Netherlands?  
 Malinowski, Marcin 1971– Poland  
 Mamedov, Khudu 19281988 Azerbaijan  
 Maynard, Philip M.  United Kingdom  
 Mazevet, Romain  France  
 McClure, Royce  New Zealand 2+? 
 McKenney, Haddon  US  
 McNeil, Jim  United States  Artist
 Molgora, Jorge  Mexico  
 'mooncakedraws' (teepublic site)   1 
 Mooren, Rick  Netherlands  
 Moser, Koloman 18681918 Austria  Artist
 Msoga, Charles (A)  Tanzania 10+? Artist
 Nakamura, Makato (A) 1947– Japan c. 300 Artist
 Nicolas, Alain (A) 1947– France 400+ Artist
 Nimmo, Wouter M.  Netherlands  
 Nomura, Hidekazu   Japan  
 Nylander, Paul  United States  
 'obvian' (teepublic site)   1 
 Osborn, John A. L. d. 2017 United States c. 100 
 Panda, Jason (A)  Canada  
 Paulus, George J. 19101995 United States  Architecture
 Penrose, Roger* 1931– United Kingdom 1 Mathematician
 Pike, Geoff  United Kingdom  
 Possati, Davide  ?  
 Prokhorov, Nikita  Russia/US  
 Puchinger, Erwin 18751944 Austria  Artsist
 Raba, Raoul 1930– France  
 Raedschelders, Peter (A)  Belgium  
 Ribault, Dominique  France  
 Rice, Marjorie 19232017 United States  Artist
 Riesen, Guillaume  Brazil  
 Robb, Herb  United States  
 Rodgers, Caspar  United States 1+? 
 Rooij, Peter van    
 Santiago a.k.a Kitten Rain  ? 1 
Sarcone, Gianni A. 1962– Italy 1 Psychologist
 Sato (or Satou), Takashi  Japan  
 Scalfittura, Nick  United States  Artist
 Schenk, Robert (A)  United States  
 Sef (pseudonym) (A)  ? c. 300 
 Seidel, Ulrich (A) 1969– Germany  
 Shearer, Christine  United States  
 Shigeru, Satoshi  Japan  
 Sirett, Natalie  United Kingdom  Artist
 Snels, Patrick  Netherlands  
 Stapel, Mark (A)  United States  
 Stevens, Peter S. 1939– United States c. 20 
 Sullivan, David B.  United States  
 Sundram, Sanjay  India  
 Talbot, Jonathon  United States 1 Artist
 Teeters, Joseph  United States 3? Mathematician
 Titland, Nils  Norway  
 Thomas, Dylan 1986– Canada 1? 
 Torigoe, Makiya (A) 1965– Japan 57 
 Turner, Michael  United States  
 ViBa, Lili  Mexico c.30 Artist
 Wallace, David  ?  
 Watson, Chris  United Kingdom  Digital Artist
 Wenger, Bill  United States  
 Wichmann, B. *  Germany?  
 Williams, David  United States  
 Wilson, Michael (A)  United States  
 Wylie, Daniel Lacerda Rodrigues  Brazil  
 Wyniger, Henk (A)  Germany  Artist
 Yoshida, Yasukiyo (Sakuramederu) (A)  1973– Japan 1,400 Artist
 Yosihagara, Nob* 19362004 Japan 1 Puzzle

Analysis 1

Just for amusement, and nothing more really, it’s interesting to separate the artists as according to their country of origin. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, the United States is the leader, with over twice the number of artists (31) over the next, the United Kingdom (15). However, unlike other countries with considerably fewer artists, there is no really outstanding work from the former. Japan (12) and the Netherlands (8) also show prominently, with perhaps surprisingly less so other major European countries, namely France (3), Germany (2), with Spain (1) and Italy (1) less so. One would have expected more. However, for France in particular (Nicolas) and Germany (Wyniger), these make up for lack of quantity with artists of true worth. Interestingly, Austria, who can be described as the pioneer of Escher-like tessellation (with works by Moser and Puchinger) has surprisingly not led to other artists from this country emerging.

 Country Number
 United States 35
 United Kingdom 18
 Japan 12
 Netherlands 10
 Canada 7
 Azerbaijan 3
 France 3
 Germany  4
 Austria 2
 Brazil 2
 Italy 2
 Russia 2
 Belgium 2
 Hungary 1
 India 1
 Mexico 1
 New Zealand 1
 Poland 1
 Spain 1
 Tanzania 1
 Thailand 1
 Turkey 1

Analysis 2

Also of interest is to separate the artists as according to gender. Out of 124 artists, only nine are female! Furthermore, many of these are inconsequential, of either most limited in extent, of a passing interest, of a single tessellation or of doubtful inclusion on grounds of quality (Jinny Beyer and Natalie Sirett), with only Francine Champagne and Rosa Dorenbos being the only ones with a decided interest. Where are you, female tessellators?

Gender and Number







Created 21 March 2017, with a minor update of 29 March 2017. Updated: 14 September 2017, with a revision and expansion of the introductory text, more artists (107 as against 98), with the listing emphasised as according to initial letter, rather than a long list without such differentiation. Further, I then undertake two analyses of the data, with tables of country and gender of the artists.

2019 Additions
15 February. Makaia Torigoe and Hidekazu Nomura. 
16 April. Rosa Dorenbos. 
14 August. Frank-Ivo van Damme and Tony Hart. 
23 August. Alec Dixon.
30 September. B-Wichmann, Haddon McKinney, Tom Gauld, Rahul Agarwal, Andy J. DuFort, Trent Call, Charles Msoga, and Kaya Erbek. 24 December. Eric Allhouse, Bonita R. Datta, Gianni A. Sarcone, Renée van den Kerkhof, Santiago a.k.a Kitten Rain.

2020 Additions 16 March. Lili ViBa, Marta Harvey, Nils Titland, David White, 'hereiamagain', 'javirams', 'mooncakedraws', 'obvian' 8 December. Claude Crépeau, 
10 December. Ronald Gardner

Last updated 10 December 2020