A quick glance at Nicolas Jolly's most recent work and it could be easy to simply write it off as swirling, Van Gogh inspired works of art. By now we all know that there's always much more hidden in the details when it comes to fine art (conceptually or aesthetically) and that spending an extra second investigating is usually worth it—which is exactly the case here. Jolly, a French artist who knows how to make some serious magic happen with India ink—takes thousands of his own fingerprints and creates tenacious works of art. Talk about a signature style.
The lines are connected and extended to form finished pieces that languorously pulls the eye through loops created by a natural fingerprint. By switching up the width and length of his fingerprints, Jolly is able to portray different shadows, shapes and light into his work.
But why fingerprints? According to Jolly's site, it helps him guide the observer through the elements of scene composition—his work titled "NY Variation 1" (below) is a great example of this, with its blocked off gradients.
"NY Variation 1"
Jolly has been creating scenes using the fingerprint method for quite a while, but he seems to add new art to his website pretty regularly. If you want your very own piece of Jolly's work to appreciate in person, jump over to Society6 for purchasing options.