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Please look closely at these fascinating Minimalist Illustrations by Noma Bar – Negative Space

September 5, 2009

via CR Blog

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 2 September 2009, 13:07

Business in War: a symbol of warfare, with an element of business secreted within

To provoke a second glance, Noma Bar expertly uses negative space: his illustrations are formed of both a single image and a series of themed elements that give the final piece its shape. Click through for a selection of highlights from his new book…

The Big Squeeze: piece for an article on the oil gains to be made from Iraq

As a follow up to Guess Who?, which largely contained portraits (and was blogged about here), new book Negative Space looks at how Bar has tackled weightier subjects such as global warming, race relations and national identity. It features many examples of editorial work for The New York Times, The Economist and The Guardian.

Gun Crime illustration

The Truth in Jamestown: illustration for a piece revealing the mixed history of the US colony on its 400th anniversary

When Doves Cry: white doves meet a VW van; mourning the loss of the hippy dream

Bar has referred to his editorial work as a form of “pain relief” – a kind of buffer against the issues contained within a particular article – but his eking out of a discernable whole from a range of minimalist elements is certainly painstaking work in itself.

As Buzz Poole asserts in his introduction to this new collection, Bar’s art is attuned with that of the writer’s. It’s one of showing, not telling.

Beware The Wolves: an innocent Red Riding Hood is trapped by a wolf, for an article on older men with younger women

This is The End illustration

Fat Cat: for a piece on how CEOs invest their personal wealth

Negative Space by Noma Bar is published by Mark Batty Publisher (£16) and available to buy here. (All captions are edited versions from the book.)

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39 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2009 2:03 pm

    these are fascinating works of art.
    kudos for the illustrators.

  2. September 15, 2009 7:53 pm

    Very impressing use of negative space. You are trully talented ;o)

  3. Hal permalink
    September 15, 2009 8:35 pm

    Are there prints of these available for sale anywhere? Let me know.

    • September 24, 2009 6:19 am

      I really don’t know if there are any T-shirts but they would be great! I would definitely buy them!

  4. joseph permalink
    September 15, 2009 10:42 pm

    yeah, if there are any prints or t-shirts available on any of these designs, please let me know.

  5. September 16, 2009 4:11 am

    Nice post. I really enjoyed seeing this illustrator for the first-time.

    I’m glad I stopped by.

    • September 16, 2009 4:15 pm

      Thanks Chris. Those illustrations are really impactful aren’t they? I’m glad you stopped by too.

  6. William permalink
    September 19, 2009 1:47 am

    This kind of negative space use can be executed only by a truly natural artist.

  7. maren alfred permalink
    September 19, 2009 9:39 pm

    well done

  8. September 19, 2009 10:08 pm


  9. September 20, 2009 12:47 am

    Love the use of negative space. The images may look simple but hide a complex meaning.

  10. ryan permalink
    September 20, 2009 7:10 pm

    where can i find copies of these? love the United States of Tiger, all of them are great though.

    • September 24, 2009 6:21 am

      I’m not really sure I know where to find copies of these pictures. Sorry.

  11. anon9100 permalink
    September 21, 2009 8:31 pm

    Was I the only one who thought Goatse about ‘This is The End illustration’?

  12. N00BS permalink
    September 21, 2009 10:47 pm

    greet ert werk. Love too cee id.

  13. simon permalink
    September 22, 2009 5:18 pm

    Interesting. I thought “The End” was a tree until I read the caption.

  14. September 22, 2009 8:16 pm

    I’d love to wear one any of these on a t-shirt if available. Let me know

  15. Toddelo permalink
    September 23, 2009 4:43 pm

    is it noma or norma? i’m seeing both here…

  16. sam permalink
    September 23, 2009 9:00 pm

    Please let me know too if tees are available.
    samyboy1 at gmail dot com.

  17. September 24, 2009 5:59 am

    Wow, these are amazing!

  18. September 24, 2009 9:15 am

    nice art, touching and kind of sad themes.. seeing a lion cry?, and the war tank… men. reminds me of Iraq

  19. September 25, 2009 9:47 am

    nice art beautiful and attractive thanks for sharing.

  20. September 25, 2009 8:31 pm

    this is great nice work!!!
    some are harder to catch, but isn’t it the point…

    Keep em up!

    great work!

  21. kathy permalink
    September 26, 2009 5:38 pm

    Great collection of illustrations! Btw- the tiny, dark gray font is really hard for me to read against the black background. and the form boxes are practically invisible

    • September 26, 2009 9:03 pm

      Hi Kathy thanks for the comment and your feedback on the color scheme. I thought it was time for a change myself and I can also notice that it’s now easier to read.

  22. September 27, 2009 1:54 am

    i’ve always stated that minimal design is the best way to go

  23. September 30, 2009 3:42 pm

    I just love it ! It is so good, i’ve made a link to your site, but you don’t accept pings it seems :

  24. October 3, 2009 1:44 pm


    We have a song called “Negative Spaces.”

  25. luna permalink
    February 12, 2010 5:47 am

    Love these :o)

  26. June 9, 2011 6:19 pm

    Great post!. Amazing art.


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