Tessellations: Mathematically Inspired Art

The Oxford dictionary defines ART as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

Though the geometrical patterns of tessellations may be of mathematical origin, they have certainly been reframed in a more artistic light.  Perhaps the most significant contributions to the combined artistry and mathematics of tessellations comes from M.C. Escher, self-proclaimed to be neither an artist nor a mathematician! 


Escher’s art  is inescapably mathematical and in fact explored tesselations in the Euclidean, Hyperbolic and Spherical planes!

Even more amazing than the end products is the fact that Escher created all his tessellations with just a pencil, a ruler and a compass – no computers!!

Do you want to make your own Escher-inspired tessellation?