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Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.
A collage may sometimes include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.
With the advent of digital tools such as Photoshop, collage in contemporary surrealistic art become one of the primary techniques to create surreal artwork. Simultaneously, with the ubiquity of camera phones (everyone is a photographer) and screens (how many ads do we see a day?) we a seeing a more nostalgic style to the style of some surreal artists. This may be a reaction to conceptual art and our digital interfaces as a way to differentiate art from, well, not art. This is not just simulated with retro styled photo filters but with the choice of materials. Artists such as Eugenia Loli, Trash Riot, and Felipe Posada make ample use of decades-old illustration and photography. With this choice of materials, the work separates itself from “regular” photography (a window into the world) or film and develops its own retro-futuristic or retro-psychedelic aesthetic. Other Collage artists such as Khan Nova and Wahndur use digital tools and clean, contemporary styles to create their own surrealistic visions.
Collagist Elzbieta Zdunek’s Stunning Art Will Haunt Your DreamsThemes: Alegorical, Black and White, Figurative, Psychological
Collagist Elzbieta Zdunek’s haunting monochromatic collages linger in memory as if grown from strange and alien myths. These intricate compositions of mannequins are rich with metaphor: they evoke the haunting beauty a transcendent dream. Immersing the audience in an enigmatic world where reality and fantasy intertwine. Each meticulously crafted piece, featuring these surreal mannequins, resonates […]
Michelle Concetta Surrealistic CollagesThemes: Alegorical, Conceptual, Limited Color Palette, Nature, Psychological
Michelle Concetta is a creator from the US currently based in Saudi Arabia. Prone to escapism from an early age, she finds comfort in the one thing that grounds her to the Real—creating art and shaping her world to fulfill her aesthetic yearnings. Self-taught, her talents cover a broad spectrum, but of late contemporary collage […]
Who is SLip? SLip is a french digital collage artist working professionally for more than ten years. The artists’ clean, mod aesthetic marries yesterday’s nostalgic Sci-fi dreams in crisp, modern Technicolor. The Work Lovely memories of the sci-fi future that has not yet arrived, SLip reminds us of those more charming futures–of those hopeful expectations […]
Important Contemporary Pop-Surrealist and Collage ArtistsThemes: Juxtaposition, Pop Culture, Psychological
Known alternatively as the Lowbrow movement, Pop Surrealism is an art form that originated in LA’s underground scene in the 1970s. Like other surrealist art forms, lowbrow art strives to reach deep into the unconscious mind and bring to life our innermost thoughts. Our compulsions, hidden memories, and more are displayed in unusual and absurd […]
Biography Melbourne artist Xtian was conceived in East Germany but born in Hungary – that makes him one part Australian and two parts former communist. He’s been actively collaging for two-plus decades – but is not adverse to making music or short animations. His works can best be described as questions, or “edge of comprehension”. […]