Posts Tagged ‘collages’

Artist of the moment………Choi So Young



Choi So Young is a contemporary artist renown for her unique landscape collages made from jeans and assorted denim scraps. Choi So Young was born in Busan, Korea in the year 1980.

Choi So Young attended the Dong Eui University located in Busan, Korea.

Her first solo show was held in 2001.

Many landscapes she creates are based on locations around the city of Busan.

Price range information: In addition to her denim collage works the also paints in acrylics. Works range from $20,000 to $1.6 million for an acrylic painting.

What a unique style Choi So-Young has created for herself. I had never before seen jeans as a medium! These are strong pieces for their high level of abstraction and repeating patterns and shapes.



Some new cartoon/ caricature works



I have still been making collages and painting, doing many abstract works. This work is a friend of mine from work named Paul. I thought his face and bodytype would be fun for a caricature, and it was! I threw this caricature together when I was stuck inside with a flu. Its acrylics on canvas and 16 by 20 inches.





This work is my largest collage to date! It was great fun but took a long while to get the curves of the figure just right. Many artists inspired this piece. The legs and figures of Cathy Daley, the continuous flowing lines of the dancers of Al Hirschfeld,  the wonderful cartoons and murals of Mary Blair, and the collage works of Lorelay Bove all were in my head as created this piece. Its rather large at 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. When doing collage works I like to shoot multiple images in the shadow and the light because each paper has a unique texture and may or may not appear glossy when a photograph is taken.


Thanks for looking!






Soon I will be posting some floral images!



Artist of the moment……Piero Dorazio

Piero Dorazio was born in Rome, Italy in the year 1927. Dorazio started out studying architecture but went on to become a founder of the abstract movement in Italy. He began school in 1945, at this time he also experimented with abstract painting for the first time. A main subject for the artist were ink ribbons.

Dorazio was given a scholarship to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Dorazio was able to connect with the leading modern painters and bring his knowledge back to Italy where he founded galleries called “Age d’Or” representing the modernist painters of his region in Rome and Florence.

Dorazio also visited the United States for one year and met artists Rothko and Motherwell.

In this clip we see a wonderful work of fabric art made by Dorazio:

Piero Dorazio passed away in 2005.

Price range information: Dorazio worked in many mediums including oils, watercolor, plexiglass, and prints. Many works range from $5,000 to $500,000. At auction Dorazio’s work has sold for more than $4 million.

Dorazio is seen as a wonderful abstract artist, but my favorite images of his are those of the ink ribbons. The repeating pattern displayed in this work reminds of the great British Op Art master, Bridget Riley. Below an example of Bridget Riley’s art.



Artist of the moment…….Xue Song

Xue Song is a contemporary artist born in Anhui, Anhui Province, China in the year 1965. Song attended the Shanghai Drama Academy where he studied stage art. Song worksare in fact collages made with mixed media and blends landscape painting, calligraphic text, and small figures that are called Zen figures in his work. The work by Xue Song is very layered and intricate. The artist also is an avid printmaker.

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $330,000.

The artist has a unique connection to fire and many works contain paper that has been in a fire. Years ago his studio suffered a fire. The artist retrieved some of the remains of his charred paintings and ashes. Since this incident he will burn paper on purpose as he sees ashes as part of the cycle of life. The ash is a rebirth of sorts.

Xue Song is a huge fan of calligraphy and feels its the art that the Chinese people have taken further than any other type of painting. The artist has taken some aspects of calligraphy and mixed it with poetry. One artist that Song pays homage to is Feng Zikai. Zikai was among the first to use cartoon like black outlines of figures. Very reminiscent of the Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein. Below a classical example of Zikai Feng’s style of art. Zikai Feng lived from 1898 to 1975.


By blending classical verse and text, landscapes, and the use of figures Xue Song not only references the past but is able to modernize his work as well. I also love the variety of textures used by the artist, especially the ash.


Artist of the moment…..Matthew Cusick….

Matthew Cusick is a contemporary artist who makes wonderful works of art using recycled materials and papers such as maps. Matthew Cusick was born in New York city in the year 1970.  For his collegiate studies Cusick stayed in New York attending The Cooper Union finishing in 1993 with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree.

I love the way his art not only celebrates realism, but is also a form of pop art. Cusick does a great job at using text and words to bring more interest to his paintings. In addition to the cut collage, the artist uses acrylics to bring his works to completion.

Cusick is part of the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art Collection.

Paper’s used in his artwork:  Old textbooks, maps, atlases, encyclopedias.

A link to Matthew Cusick’s own personal artist website:

In this clip we see many works of art done by Matthew Cusick.

If you like Matthew Cusick’s style of art make sure and check out the wonderful Peter Clark. Peter Clark hails from Britain and makes awesome animals from discarded vintage papers. Here is a great example of Peter Clark’s style of art with this fun looking weiner dog.


Another artist who takes contemporary art to a new level is the British artist David Mach. Mach has produced some incredible works of art using the collage method, but I am most impressed with his portrait works. They are sculptures that don’t use paint, but rather the many colors found on imported matches. Here is a great example of his work with match heads with the resulting face of Charlie Chaplin.


Price range information:  Sorry, none available.

Try a collage today!