"Dressing Mondrian" - Cerebral and Playful

Updated: Jul 31

Original Blog Post - November 18, 2018


The whimsy of the threaded needle is reminiscent of a younger Piet Mondrian that wore a more freestyle, messy mustache or mustache and beard. I’m also a treasure hunter, so I love popping little surprises into my pieces on occasion. In the world of software or application development, a surprise element is called an “easter egg”.

“Dressing Mondrian” whose title is a play on words, was designed with two “Easter eggs” in place.

1) a needle and thread in the shape of the mustache that Piet Mondrian wore in his younger, more playful years.


2) Yves Saint Laurent was the designer of the Mondrian dress / collection in 1965. The YSL abstractly in the same box.

The journey to create seems to evolve in it’s own way - sometimes inspired at different levels. This piece was created as much in my head as it was through inspiration. No matter what, always an interesting process.


“Dressing Mondrian” featuring the YSL classic Mondrian Dress.


The YSL - just a small homage to the original designer.


The whimsy of the threaded needly is reminiscent of a younger Piet Mondrian that wore a more freestyle, messy mustache or mustache and beard.


48”x48” “Dressing Mondrian” on canvas.


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