Mosaic Art

The artful assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, ceramic, stone, mirror, tile and or marble to create a mural or elegant pattern on the wall, floor or ceiling in your space.

A Brief History

Dating back to 4000BC in Mesopotamia, Mosaic art is one of the most beautiful and oldest forms of art in the history of man. The word “mosaic” derives from the Greek: “patient work”, worthy of the Muses”. Artists used small individual tiles or fragments of pottery known as tesserae to create mosaics depicting various subjects.

In the 4th century BC, it was the Greeks who transformed it into an art form by creating intricate geometric patterns with meticulous scenes of people and animals. By the 5th century AD, the Byzantine Empire infused new characteristics into this form of art. Eastern influences were clearly reflected by the use of smalti, colored glass, in their mosaics. Themes mostly included religion and the portraits of emperors and empresses.

The Art Nouveau movement embraced the revival of mosaic art in modern times. Artists today give a new twist to an age-old medium and can draw from the richness of an ancient history.