Iconic Modernist Buildings Reimagined Inside Idyllic Thomas Kinkade Paintings

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Featuring angular lines, asymmetrical compositions, and sparse color, the Modernist architecture aesthetic is the complete opposite to the pretty pastoral worlds of a Thomas Kinkade painting. However, when architect and Twitter user @robyniko merged the two in Photoshop, it strangely worked! The artist’s “Modernism mashups” see iconic buildings—including the Eames House, Philip Johnson’s Glass House, and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House—seamlessly placed in the middle of Kinkade’s idyllic scenes.

The project started when fellow architect Donna Sink tweeted, “Does anyone do paintings of Modern buildings in the style of Thomas Kincade [sic]?” @robyniko loved the idea and jumped into action, responding, “I'm in. Let's start off easy with one of Kahn's beautiful boxes (eg the Fisher house)…” The clever edit depicts Louis I. Kahn and Dr. Norman Fisher’s cube-shaped structure, complete with warmly-lit windows, nestled next to painted trees, a cobblestone path, and a running stream.

“It was one of those things you chuckle to yourself thinking about ‘what if’ and then move on with your life,” @robyniko admits. “But my family was gone for the weekend, so I decided to indulge my curiosity about how these famous modernist homes would fit into Kinkade’s universe.” The artist then worked on other mashups, transporting the Eames House next to a wishing well; Philip Johnson's Glass House into a quiet forest; and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye to a snow-covered woodland. And for Frank Gehry's steel-clad home, @robyniko turns it into a seaside holiday home. He humorously writes, “Pack your bags for a rocky seaside getaway at the Gehryhaus! You'll love the *squints at copy* homey chain link fence & softly weathered *checks notes* corrugated steel siding while you eat a homemade breakfast in the soft glow of the *deep sigh* aggressively geometric sun room.”

You can follow the entire “Modernism mashups” thread on Twitter.

Architect and Twitter user @robyniko’s “Modernism mashups” see works of iconic Mid-century modern architecture seamlessly placed into Thomas Kinkade paintings.

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Each image shows the steel-clad, angular structures nestled next to painted trees, cobblestone paths, and running streams.

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

Modern Architecture Thomas Kinkade Painting by @robyniko

@robyniko: Twitter

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by @robyniko.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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