Tessellation Artists

Of interest is just how many people ‘out there’ are undertaking Escher-like tessellation art. Andrew Crompton, a practising tessellation artist, from as far back as 1984, wondered about this, and indeed, placed an advert 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 taken it upon myself to continue and update this work, 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, and everything in between. Escher-like tessellation is popular in schoolwork, 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 107 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. 

 

Name

Born

Country

A

 

 

Aitch, Paul

 

United Kingdom

Akroyde, Pete

 

?

Amiraslan Jamal Jamalov

 

Azerbaijan

Annal, David

1934-2008

United Kingdom

August, John

 

United States

 

 

 

B

 

 

Bailey, David

1959-

United Kingdom

Bard, David

 

United States

Bareiss, Seth

1964-2014

United States

Beyer, Jinny

1941-

United States

Bilney, Bruce

 

Australia

Biswas, Debasish

 

India

Bizzi, Regolo

 

Italy

Brade, Sam

 

United Kingdom

Brisse, François

 

Canada

 

 

 

C

 

 

Champagne, Francine

 

Canada

Chow, William

 

United States

Coles, Kelvin

1961-

United Kingdom

Crol, René

 

?

Crompton, Andrew

 

United Kingdom

 

 

 

D

 

 

Davey, Paul

 

United Kingdom

David, Hop

 

United States

Davis, Nathan

 

Australia

 

 

 

E

 

 

Edwards, Chris X

 

United States

Eersel, Otto van

1925-

Netherlands

Escher, Maurits Cornelis

1898-1972

Netherlands

 

 

 

F

 

 

Fairbanks, Thomas

 

United States

Fathauer, Robert

1960-

United States

Ferrero, Martin

 

 

Fisher, Adrian

 

United Kingdom

Fisher, Seth

 

Japan

Fugita, Shin

 

Japan

 

 

 

G

 

 

Garcia, Doly

 

Spain

Garrett, David

 

 

Gelenscar, Klara

 

Hungary

Grosvenor, Emily

 

United States

Gurten, Alexander

 

Germany

 

 

 

H

 

 

Hassell, Richard

 

Australia-Singapore

Hodgetts, Blake

 

United States

Huseynaliyev, Huseynali

 

Azerbaijan

 

 

 

I

 

 

Ingalls, Robert

 

United States

 

 

 

J

 

 

Jamal, Jamalov

 

Azerbaijan

 

 

 

K

 

 

Kaminari, Satoshi

 

Japan

Kannari, Tomomi

 

Japan

Kaplan, Craig

1972-

Canada

Kauffmann, Robert

 

United States

Kerr, Sam

 

United Kingdom

Khodot, Alexander

 

Russia

Komodo, Kurt

 

United States?

Kubo, Michio

1934-

Japan

Kuiper, Hans

 

Netherlands

 

 

 

L

 

 

LaPalme, Michael

 

Thailand

Landry, Kenneth

 

United States

Lefelhocz, John W.

 

United States

Leys, Jos

1928-

Netherlands?

 

 

 

M

 

 

Malinowski, Marcin

1971-

Poland

Maynard, Philip

 

United Kingdom

McClure, Royce

 

New Zealand

McNeil, Jim

1967-

United States

Molgora, Jorge

 

Mexico

Mooren, Rick

 

Netherlands

Moser, Koloman

1868-1918

Austria

 

 

 

N

 

 

Nakamura, Makato

1947-

Japan

Nicolas, Alain

1947-

France

Nimmo, Wouter M.

 

Netherlands

Nylander, Paul

 

United States

 

 

 

O

 

 

Osborn, John A. L.

d. 2017

United States

 

 

 

P

 

 

Panda, Jason

 

Canada

Paulus, J. George

1910-1995

United States

Penrose, Roger

1931-

United Kingdom

Pike, Geoff

 

United Kingdom

Possati, Davide

 

?

Prokhorov, Nikita

 

Russia/US

Puchinger, Erwin

1875-1944

Austria

 

 

 

R

 

 

Raba, Raoul

 

France

Raedschelders, Peter

 

Belgium

Ribault, Dominique

 

France

Rice, Marjorie

1923-2017

United States

Riesen, Guillaume

 

Brazil

Robb, Herb

 

United States

Rodgers, Caspar

 

United Kingdom

Rooij, Peter van

 

Netherlands

 

 

 

S

 

 

Sato (or Satou), Takashi

 

Japan

Scalfittura, Nick

 

United States

Schenk, Robert

 

United States

Sef (pseudonym)

 

?

Seidel, Ulrich

1969-

Germany

Shearer, Christine

 

United States

Shigeru, Satoshi

 

Japan

Sirett, Natalie

 

United Kingdom

Snels, Patrick

 

Netherlands

Stapel, Mark

 

United States

Stevens, Peter S.

1939-

United States

Sullivan, David B.

 

United States

Sundram, Sanjay 

 

India

 

 

 

T

 

 

Talbot, Jonathon

 

United States

Teeters, Joseph

 

United States

Thomas, Dylan

 

Canada

Turner, Michael 

 

United States

 

 

 

W

 

 

Wallace, David

 

?

Watson, Chris

 

United Kingdom

Wenger, Bill

 

United States

Williams, David

 

United Kingdom

Wilson, Michael 

 

United States

Wylie, Daniel Lacerda Rodrigues

 

Brazil

Wyniger, Henk

 

Germany

 

 

 

Y

 

 

Yoshida, Yasukiyo (Sakuramederu) 

 

Japan

Yoshiaki, Araki

 

Japan

 

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 (10) 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 and Artists Number

Country

Number

United States

31

United Kingdom

15

Japan

10

Netherlands

8

Canada

5

Azerbaijan

3

France

3

Germany

3

Austria

2

Brazil

2

Russia

2

Belgium

1

Hungary

1

Italy

1

Mexico

1

New Zealand

1

Poland

1

Spain

1

Thailand

1

 

Analysis 2
Also of interest is to separate the artists as according to gender. Out of 107 artists, only six are female! Furthermore, many of these are inconsequential, of either most limited in extent, of a passing interest, or of doubtful inclusion on grounds of quality (Beyer and Sirett), with only Champagne being the one with a decided interest. Where are you, female tessellators?


Gender and Number

Gender

Number

Male

101

Female

6

Created 21 March 2017, with a minor update of 29 March 2017. Last 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.

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