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A Portfolio of Paper Collages by Wallace Polsom

A collaged artwork depicting the shore of a body of waterTonalist Abstraction VI, paper collage

Wallace Polsom is an artist who creates layered, well-integrated paper collages that express a variety of emotions and experiences. The artist tends toward classical imagery in his collages, blending aesthetics from renaissance painting with more modern advertising paintings and other cut-out imagery.

A collage artwork of a royal person with a jewel over their faceGod's First, paper collage


In the series Life in the Bloodstream, Polsom’s collages take on the aesthetics of a magazine publication, blending classical and romantic paintings with imagery taken straight out of a 1960s or 70s magazine advertisement, calling to mind the work of early American pop artists like Robert Rauschenberg or James Rosenquist.


While Polsom tends toward the use of a single figure, he often subverts this trope in his own artwork, using abstracted elements, or combining figures with inanimate objects to create dreamlike chimeras. The artist’s collage works are also reminiscent of Tracy Jager.

A collage with a man with a toucan's faceIf 100: The Continuity of IF, paper collage

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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