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Take a look at the work of British artist Alexandra Gallagher, whose stunning, dream-like multi-layered collages draw on issues of feminine identity and sexuality. Her use of geometric shapes and flowers define her pieces, giving them a strikingly modern appearance while simultaneously evoking a Surrealist style.
The nostalgic work of Australian-born Kareem Rizk. Rizk has cultivated a highly distinct style of collage over his years as a mixed media artist which has gained him recognition on an international scale. Nostalgia plays a key role in his beautifully warm-toned works which feature vintage materials such as postcards and book clippings to transport you back to a time period you may have never even lived.
Browse the work of Robert Pereira Hind whose unique works change in appearance as they mature with time. His mixed media series ‘Out of Eden’ evolves in colour as it oxidises over time, and the moody sky backdrops of these pieces will bring colour and depth to any setting.
Collage is the term used to describe art in which pieces of paper, photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting surface. The term derives from the French ‘papiers collés’ which stands for the technique of pasting paper cut-outs onto various surfaces. Collage pieces can be assembled from various forms of mixed media such as photographs, fabric, coloured and textured paper and mixed media. Many artists combine painting, drawing and photo techniques with collage to create mixed media works of both representational and abstract forms. Many also include three-dimensional elements that give a unique texture to the piece.
The art of collage making had been practiced for hundreds of years but it was not until the 20th century and the advent of modernism that the genre became fully accepted in the art world. It was around 1910 that Pablo Picasso and George Braque began experimenting with combining fragments of different materials to create whole new avant-garde assemblages. The pair experimented with mixing high culture (modern art) with elements of everyday life (pieces of textiles, newspapers, etc.).
Kurt Schwitters found inspiration in this experimentation and in the potential of throw-away materials of contemporary life. He began featuring objects such as bus tickets and other such knick-knacks in his carefully-composed works. From these smaller collages Schwitters went on to create more complex, three-dimensional environments.
Dada artists went on to introduce the use of previously existing photographs into their collage pieces, which often offered commentary on the state of society amidst the chaos of WWI. The collage genre remained a source of inspiration for assemblage and pop artists who used found objects and images from mass-produced advertisements in their pieces throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
For others, such as the Surrealists, unexpected combinations in collage could offer an unsettling power. They created sculptural objects by combining together familiar items or materials – often bestowing them with tones of violence or sexuality. This element of poetic surprise remained a key theme for subsequent generations of artists who combined disparate images and objects in new ways.
As more and more modern artists have practiced the genre, the mediums used have become more varied and experimental. Nowadays, the collage tradition is as popular as ever, and while many contemporary artists continue to assemble their compositions by hand, others make use of digital tools to craft them, revitalizing the traditional art form.
The collage art form places greater significance upon the concept and the techniques used to create pieces of art, rather than upon the end result itself. The key technique of collage making is the cutting of various pre-existing materials, from newspaper clippings to textiles and found objects, and pasting them upon a range of surfaces.
This technique is built upon by artists creating photo collages using photomontage techniques with both physical and digital photographs. Meanwhile, others incorporate traditional art forms such as painting and drawing to create more complex, textured pieces.
In order to further emphasise the process of collage making, some artists harness chance procedures such as randomly arranging pieces to create a more spontaneous composition. Some make use of the technique known as ‘decoupage’, in which layers of cut-outs are arranged to form an image. Others use ‘assemblage’, the technique in which real objects are used to produce three-dimensional collages. Many modern-day artists make use of various digital formats in their artistic practice.
Find out more in our Guide To Collage.
Picasso and Braque remain well known for their Cubist collages which played upon perspective and scale and Picasso’s Still Life with Chair Caning is still one of the most iconic collages of all time. Hannah Hoch, an artist renowned for her work in the Dada genre, created photomontage collages of which one of the most well-known is Cut With the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany. Hoch is known for her political and social critique, often combining machinery and fashion images into her collages. Henri Matisse experimented with the use of the collage technique of decoupage to produce his now iconic Blue Nude II.