The beautiful thing about mosaics is that they can be used to resemble nearly anything or anyone. A timeless art form, artists have been creating incredible mosaics for centuries, using all sorts of colour shapes and sizes of tiles.
Thanks to the internet and social media, more and more people can share their works of mosaic tile art for everyone to see.
In this post, we’ll show you some of the best animal mosaics the internet has to offer, with unique designs that will leave you astonished.
From cats to dogs, foxes to rabbits, you’re sure to fall in love with these amazing works of art. But first, let’s learn a little bit more about the history of using tiles as an artform…
Origins of mosaic art
Unsurprisingly, mosaics have such a rich history. It almost feels like they’re been around forever! The oldest mosaic known to man, dates back to the 3rd millennium BCE, in a temple in Mesopotamia. Since then, they have been a long-standing art craft, having passed through ancient Rome and Greece.
The traditional technique for creating mosaics includes combining small pieces of coloured stones and tiles. The end product is a beautiful image typically used as a wall decoration or sculpture.
Moving on, here are 6 animal mosaics we’re sure you’ll fall in love with!
Parrot – mac_mosaics
We kick off with this exquisite title art of a parrot with a topical inspired design by artist mac_mosaics. In an intricate design, the artist has integrated small pieces of coloured tiles to construct the surrounding flowers.
A combination of white and yellow tiles allows the cockatoo to stand out, in a distinctive design.
Tiger – Cynthie Fisher
One of the planet’s most iconic animals, tigers are the largest living species of cat. Easily recognisable with its orange, black and white stripes, this incredible artwork by Cynthie Fisher is almost life-like!
Cynthie’s mosaic includes an assortment of stained glass tiles, with a vivid range of colours. One of the standout features of this piece is the radiant eyes of the tiger made up of golden and amber tiles. This is one face you don’t want to see staring back at you!
Duck – Michele Knecht
Mosaic artist Michele Knecht certainly has a knack for creating vibrant artworks made of pottery, various objects and what she describes as “magic”. Michele has a range of artworks inspired by animals and nature which you can see using the link above.
A magical vibe fills the background for this particular mosaic – of a duck. Simple yet dazzling, this piece of art incorporates a range of textures and colours.
Cat – Anne Bedel
Cats are incredible creatures and much like dogs, each one has a unique personality. French artist Anne Bedel seems to capture every little detail of our feline friends in this particular mosaic. The intricate tile patterns around the nose, eyes and ears are a breathtaking display of Anne’s technique.
Rabbit – Hannah Maximova
This unique and unusual design by mosaicist Hannah Maximova displays a range of colour shades. Unlike other pieces, Hannah’s Rabbit design seems to divert the traditional technique for mosaic-making.
The tile textures in this piece also highlight a natural yet dynamic mosaic.
Hannah also runs a website – zoemosaics.com where she displays other incredible pieces of her mosaic artwork as well as some amazing murals. Be sure to check them out for yourself!
Dog – Patty Franklin
Mosaic artist Patty Franklin perfectly captures man’s best friend, through a kaleidoscope of coloured tiles. A beautiful emerald green background surrounds a golden retriever made up of light shades of yellow with tints of blue and green.
If you love dogs, then this is the perfect mosaic for you! You can see more of Patty’s amazing mosaic works by visiting the link above.
We’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed this selection of animal mosaics! If you’re looking for more articles on mosaic art, then check out our blog post – LEGO mosaics that are simply genius.
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