Making art out of anything – Christoph Niemann’s illustration

Wojtek Rozdzenski 4 June 2018 min Read

A pair of bananas could become a horse and a poppy seeds bun could be stubble being shaven - you never know with Christoph Niemann and his illustration.

[caption id="attachment_13001" align="aligncenter" width="980"]Christoph Niemann abstract illustration Christoph Niemann by Thomas Meyer source: Lufthansa Magazin[/caption]

Bio

Christoph Niemann (b. 1970)  is an illustration superstar and one of the reasons why New Yorker’s covers are so beloved. He created dozens of covers for New Yorker, New York Times, Wired and many other magazines. Educated in Stuttgart, at the State Academy of Fine Arts.

[caption id="attachment_12998" align="aligncenter" width="498"]Christoph Niemann - Thanksgiving illustration Christoph Niemann - Thanksgiving, Source: christophniemann.com[/caption]

He was featured in the first episode of „Abstract - the art of design” - a series by Netflix, focusing on some of the most brilliant, creative minds alive, including Tinker Hatfield, Es Devlin and Bjarke Ingels.

[caption id="attachment_12993" align="aligncenter" width="498"]Christoph Niemann - China illustration Christoph Niemann - China, Source: christophniemann.com[/caption]

Style

His illustrations are often critical of the current world, political situation or today’s society. Even though they’re light in their form, they always make oneself ask difficult questions about themselves and are technical masterpieces, showing Niemann's untamed imagination and out-of-the-box thinking.

[caption id="attachment_12994" align="aligncenter" width="498"]Christoph Niemann - Computer magazine illustration Christoph Niemann - Computer, Source: pinterest.com[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12999" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Christoph Niemann - General magazine illustration Christoph Niemann - General Source: christophniemann.com[/caption]

Abstract Sunday illustration

You can find the works he creates in his free time, as a part of his project „Abstract Sunday”  on his Instagram and Facebook.

They are some of the best examples of what untamed imagination can create from everyday items when you look at them from a different perspective. 

[caption id="attachment_12991" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Christoph Niemann - Avocado Baseball magazine illustration Christoph Niemann, Avocado Baseball,  Source: @abstractsunday[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_12992" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christoph Niemann, Camera, Source: @abstractsunday[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13002" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Christoph Niemann - Shaving magazine illustration Christoph Niemann, Shaving, Source: @abstractsunday[/caption] [caption id="attachment_12997" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christoph Niemann, Rolls Royce, Source: @abstractsunday[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_13003" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Christoph Niemann - Horse magazine illustration Christoph Niemann, Horse, Source: @abstractsunday[/caption] [caption id="attachment_13054" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christoph Niemann, Bubble Wrap, Source: @abstractsunday[/caption] If you want to stay up-to-date with Niemann's work check out his Instagram.

Find out more:

  • To find out more about other illustrators, read our article about Charles Keeping.

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