Tag: collage

Interview with Kathryn McNaughton

An illustrator who draws her inspiration mainly from vintage porn magazines? Well! Anyway, we liked the pictures of Toronto based Kathryn McNaughton right away, which is why we boldly asked her some questions concerning her work.

Her pictures are a wild mixture of drawing, painting and collage, in most cases with a hidden message and always slightly gruff. But even without an extensive interpretation it is fun to click through the portfolio of this girl.

What she had to tell us? Read it yourself!

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Find of the week: Peter Freitag

At first sight the pictures made by Peter Freitag look like those usual snapshots from your flat. Maybe a bit wry, maybe not that suitable for the family album. But then you take a closer look: What the hell are all those spots doing there? Is it my eyes?

Nope. Because we’re talking amateur nude pictures here, taken of girls and published on the internet. Freitag simply grabbed them for his series “Private Stages” and made a decollage out of them by covering their silhouettes with dots – thus the main content of the picture vanishes or seems to be transparent. I guess the actual motifs must haven been rather shabby to look at anyway…

Eyecandy: John Stezaker

©John Stezaker

At first sight the work of John Stezaker look like classic and old pictures. But who risks a closer look will see that the artist has mixed several pictures into collage, who often contain a deeper meaning.

Gender stereotypes are mingled and exposed: The face of the net looking man is marked by a deep cut – that is filled with the face of a woman. And the face of the beauty from the 150s is hidden behind a postcard showing a tunnel: A hint to her state of mind? Mainly a hint to the artists’ passion for surrealism!

Advent calendar: Door Nr.6

Eine der Guten” (One of the Good) the ARTFLAKES-Shop is named, where we found our artwork Advent calendar: Door Nr.6.

It is matchingly called “The Owl” and shows the collage of a, well, owl. Above the head of the shy animal a hand is hovering – is it there to caress the feathered thing or to pick it up from the branch?

The Owl” is definitely one of our favourite pictures at ARTFLAKES and of course can be bought as art print, poster, GalleryPrint or canvas print. Hoot hoot!

Anatomical Collages by Ben Giles

Young Kingston-based artist Ben Giles creates beautiful and vibrant anatomical collages with a vintage touch. I especially enjoy his anatomical collages, in which he mixes anatomical diagrams with colorful flowers, plants, birds and butterflies. Check out his Flickr for more great collages!

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Islands by Reinhard Krug

Reinhard Krug is an award-winning art director based in Hamburg, Germany. His latest project entitled Islands, is a series of prints of floating cities, including London, Berlin, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Sydney, Cape Town and New York. Krug’s urban portraits depict iconic cities in abstract isolation, he describes this series by saying, “Im a big fan of large cities, and it always fascinates me how they’re little worlds in their own sense”.

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Pencil VS Camera

The talented illustrator and photographer, Ben Heine has put together an amazing ongoing project called Pencil VS Camera. His creative thinking combines both art and pictures portraying two different things within the same scene. He injects hand-drawn pictures within real-life settings in order to create a composite effect that is surreal as well as highly narrative and imaginative.

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Pantone Swatch Album Art by David Marsh

Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)

British Graphic Designer David Marsh created a series of iconic album art from the 1960’s to the present day revealed through 1369 small color blocks set in a square shape. He created these Pantone-constructed album covers using the Pantone swatch graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Marsh created this effect by using as few colours and shades as possible so that the images still easily reveal the famous image.

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Movie Icon Mashup

In the series Icontomy, artist George Chamoun merges faces of talented actors from different eras. The collages, which are not meant to be comparisons or assimilations between actors of different eras, are an interesting appreciation of Western icons and anatomy. The pictures are not morphed in any way. What you see are collages of two different people in each picture. I wonder how long it took him to find the right pictures. It’s amazing how fluid they are!

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Collage Art by Lola Dupré

Lola Dupré is a collage artist and illustrator currently working near Avignon in the south of France. She produces highly detailed and fractured collage art. Her work is made the old-fashioned way, with paper, scissors and glue. She uses thousands of cuts and manipulates tiny shards of paper to create a strange, amorphous, almost fractal vision.

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