|Nail art, by the old definition, in this case a work based on a self-portrait|
by Leonardo da Vinci, hammered by Albanian artist, Saimir Strati.
They call this type of thing "nail mosaic" now.
|Nail art today|
|Nail art designs by Vixen|
|Andy Warhol would have been flattered. |
He might possibly have even worn them.
At the high end of the genre are nails with gemstones, feathers, and even miniature tributes to artists such as Andy Warhol and Piet Mondrian (above). Most designs, however, are highly non-representational decorations rather than having any pretense to what we might call "high art." They range from the exquisitely elegant to the outrageously ridiculous, not to mention impractical (bottom). Nails may be filed into virtually any elongated shape, though sometimes they're also flattened into near rectangles. And, for the most part, such art is not for those inclined toward DIY, unless they have way too much time on their hands (fingers?). Thus we have evolved yet another type of professional artist--the nail designer. Thus far it seems to be a "girl thing." Except for some "goth" types, nail art seems not to have crossed the gender gap. That's fine with me. No matter how creative this new type of painting may be, I simply don't have the time to do my nails.
|Tetris nails--clever but impractical, how would you ever play the game|