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Collage Portraits

21 Aug

The Homeland promo poster has inspired me to look at other collage portraits.

ANTHONY BROWN
Artist from Liverpool

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  • Oil painting portraits on newspaper cut-outs about the individual.
  • People with a unique contribution to Liverpool life
  • 100 heads. Thinking as one
  • People from recent history
  • Multi layered process of news print, magazines, books, written words and photographs. Then oil and acrylic to create the image. Almost like a visual ‘diary’ of their life.

Collage of Apple CEO Steve Jobs made completely out of Apple products.
Created with the mosaic screen saver in Leopard OS.

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JOHN STEZAKER
Film Portrait Collages
black and white
surreal and fragmented

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DEREK GORES
Recycled magazine art Image

LUCIAN FREUD’s portraits can sometimes look like a collage because of the way they are painted. Each individual mark and brush stroke that builds up the image is visible.

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ADAM DIX

13 Jan

“A creation of a world where the human race would live in a technological utopia.”

• Born 1967, London
• M.A. Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, 2009

adam dix, Aloft
“Aloft”

• Works set out to investigate the associations between technology and our need and fascination with it.
• Telecommunications and its impact on society
• Examined futuristic past predictions of the 21st century and the subsequent representation of that imagined future.
• Morphing past dreams together with present aspirations.
• Describing behavioural responses with regard to communication, how we relate or comprehend technology on a humanistic level.

adam dix, The Blessing 2011
“the Blessing” 2011

• Results = amusing take on how dependent on technology we have become.
Figures almost praying/worshipping (New Religion)
• Painted in ink and oil, but because of the style, could almost be watercolour

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
“Olympus Digital Camera”

ELLEN ALTFEST

10 Nov


“Rock Foot Plnat” 2009

• American
• Graduated from Yale University School of Art (1997)
• A prolific name in contemporary figurative and representational painting
• Meticulous technical skill Awkward compositions and subject matter
• Elements that are typically difficult to find beautiful – minute details of the body like veins and fingernails, intimate body parts and body hair
• Lifeless gourds, desiccated cacti, scaly logs and unruly tumbleweeds
• Both ugly and beautiful, representative and abstract
• Paints from life, (personal engagement with the subject)
• Intensified details of individual hairs and pores create dense paintings
• Division of the male from into smaller parts adds a level of abstraction
• small scale, tiny brushes
• voyeuristic nature


“Bent Leg” 2008

YOSHITOMO NARA

9 Nov


• Childhood in post-war Japan
• Recalls his youth as a time of both loneliness and freedom
• Devilish and innocent expressions
• Influenced by animation and comic books (manga)
• Adapted the colours, characters and flatness of manga to create a Neo-Pop style
• Muted and powdery surfaces = a delicacy despite their often large scale
• The kids are funny and sometimes a little bit mean
• Armed with knives, saws, guitars or flowers
• Smiling or glaring/gazing out at us

MUNTEAN/ROSENBLUM

9 Nov


• Frustrated relationship between innocence and experience.
• Youth culture
• Diametrically opposed to typically superficial and saccharine depictions of youth
• Comic books
• Frequent use of captions that are poetic and initially incongruous with the actions and people in the accompanying image

LUCY McKENZIE

9 Nov

• Evoke a kind of schizophrenic nostalgia for the cultural trappings of the eastern bloc during the cold war filtered through a critical Scottish lens.
• Iconic references
• Some works mimic the fractured focus of Futurism with its attempts to visually capture the speed of modern life
• Fascination with the body in sport – Olympic athletes

Guy Denning Video

30 Oct