Each of the lapidary mosaics featured on this page are the natural colors, untreated and polished, of marble and granite from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe provide the palette from which these pictures were created, no dyes are used. Artist Richard Moss creates his 'backyard birds' portraits with hundreds of bits, called tesserae, individually selected from slabs of stone and each shaped by hand. This black granite and marble crow (top and center, left) glints with blue and purple highlights just as the feathers of an American Crow do. The circular frame is formed in heavy gauge formed copper.
Benelux Homage EofC artists use travels through the Netherlands and the Pays Bas as inspiration to create this enraged swan within a wreath of flowers in the style of the large-piece mosaics found in museums of the Benelux countries. Natural stones are augmented with minerals and precious stones, such as amethyst and rhodochrosite. The mahogany frame is finished in 24 carat gold leaf. Dimensions (including frame): fifty two inches wide by forty two inches high.
Ostian Sea, available for purchase (bottom, left) a mosaic suitable for use as table top or wall art was also nature inspired. This pictorial lapidary mosaic pays homage to the famous mosaicists of the ancient fishing port of Ostia, where floors were often decorated with stone likenesses of a day's catch. Dimensions (including frame): thirty three and three quarters inches, featured in Joann Loctov's Mosaic Art and Style: Designs for Living Environments 2005
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