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Inspired by Thrifting: The Art of Jo Ann Tunnell Muench

A photo collage with torn images and negative spaceUntitled

Jo Ann TunnelL Muench, aka Sheena, Queen of the Hallway, is a collage artist whose work is inspired by thrifting and vintage clothing and media. The artist’s works are at turns humorous, surreal, and even oddly insightful in the ways that they blend and re-mix vintage advertisements and magazine imagery, human figures, and landscapes. 


A collaged image of a monk against a chapel backgroundUntitled

 

Jo Ann’s previous education in art and work with other media seems to inform…

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Space Bat Killer: The Art Portfolio of Sean Bernhardt

A drawing of a skeletal mermaid holding a spearUntitled

Sean Bernhardt is an artist and illustrator who currently works under the nickname Space Bat Killer. In his drawings and collages, Sean embraces a high-contrast, retro-contemporary style infused with themes of consumerism, substance use, sex, and death.


A photo collage of a man skateboarding in front of a galaxyinto the void, paper collage

 

As we've seen in previous features of Sean's spooky surf artwork, the artist's portfolio as a whole is steeped in tropical aesthetics and surf…

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Photos with Embroidery: Art by Natalie Ciccoricco

A photo of a house in San Franciso with embroidery threadPine, embroidery on found image

Natalie Ciccoricco is a Dutch artist who works in innovative collage techniques, blending found photos with embroidery techniques. The artist also creates graphic illustrations inspired by dreams, nature, literature, and other personal interests. 


A found photograph with a circle of embroideryCome on In, Embroidery on found image

 

Ciccoricco’s recent project Down the Colour Hole puts an interesting spin on traditional collage techniques. In these…

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Femininity and Perception: The Art of Nicola Kloosterman

A collage artwork depicting a femnine leg emerging from a crush of black velvetBlack swan (created for LULA Japan to the theme YELLOW)

Dutch Nicola Kloosterman works in analog collage media, building striking, layered images with found photographs, textiles, and magazine advertisements. Much of the artist’s work concerns concepts of femininity and perception


A collage of pink walls with a narrow sliver of a plant in the middleUntitled (from series Shadow Play)

 

I really enjoy the “less is more” approach that the artist takes toward collage art, like in Kloosterman’s…

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The Collage Art Portfolio of Ugur Gallenkus

A photo of a tulip field next to a photo of machine guns laid out on the groundUntitled

Ugur Gallenkus is a turkish artist who uses collage art to juxtapose images of privileged Western cultures with images of war-torn nations in the middle east. The artist’s works are unflinching, often jarring, and dissect reality while still allowing the viewer space to form their own opinions.


A collage of two images of children playing in very different landscapesUntitled

 

The artist’s technical skill with these collages lends to closer examination of the images -- the photographs that he…

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Idealized Innocence: Art by Serena Stevens


A painting with imagery of toys and childhood objects with a portrait of the artist as a childSelf Portrait as a Child

Serena Stevens is a painter based in Iowa. In her artistic practice, Serena blends the idealized innocence of childhood with darker themes of paranoia and frustration. The artist’s paintings often take on a collages aesthetic, bringing together numerous seemingly disparate images and subjects.


A painting of children skipping rope on an abstracted backgroundJump Rope

 

I’m quite enjoying the works in Serena’s gallery of recent paintings. In these, the artist sticks to…

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Fragmenting and Rearranging: Art by Bill Campbell

A painting made with collaged elements of other paintingsUnder the waterfall.

Bill Campbell is an abstract artist whose portfolio and practice centers on the process of enlarging, fragmenting and rearranging existing works or images. The artist’s works often take on the form of large-scale collage artworks, though rather than using recognizable images, Bill takes elements of earlier abstractions and effectively remixes them into new works.


A painting made up of a grid of smaller abstract momentsGarden, acrylic on paper

 

I enjoy the way that…

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The Art Portfolio of Eloise Shelton-Mayo

An artwork featuring paper-collaged elementsArches & Angles IV

U.K.-born artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo creates works with a focus on layering paper and encaustic media, borrowing aesthetics from both traditional oil painting and collage to create a fascinatingly diverse array of abstract compositions. The artist’s works range from heavily textural and geometric, to soft, quiet, and delicate.


An artwork made from oil paint and cold wax mediumWinding 1, oil and cold wax on paper

I’m quite taken by the works in Eloise’s Paper…

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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…

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A Portfolio of Mixed Media Artworks by Susan Gransby


A linocut print of architectural linesBirdman of Hong Kong, linocut

Susan Gransby’s mixed media artworks take complex architectural forms and simplify them, creating signs and signifiers in the form of streamlined, graphic imagery. The artist plays with negative space, sometimes layering small images on a large blank surface.


A linocut print of a roadway and vehiclesCassiar Connector, linocut

 

In our previous feature we looked at Susan’s linocuts – the artist has a knack for building imagery out of shadow…

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Colorful Mountain Ranges: Art by David Wightman


A painted and collaged image of mountains and a lakeAndromache, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

David Wightman creates intensely colorful mountain ranges in a combination of acrylic paint and collaged wallpaper. The artist’s use of wallpaper lends a fascinating textural element to his works that stands in contrast with the sharply outlined shapes and bright, flat planes of color.


A painting of a mountain in pink and yellowOndine, acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas

 

I really enjoy the overall aesthetic that…

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Queen of the Hallway: Collage by Jo Ann Tunnell Muench


A collaged image with a human figure alonside a train and mountainsUntitled

Jo Ann Tunnell Muench works under the moniker Sheena, Queen of the Hallway, creating surreal collages that call upon vintage advertising and the aesthetics of old family photographs to create narratives.


A collage with a woman fighting a bear in a hallwayUntitled

 

I really enjoy browsing through Jo Ann’s gallery of her “personal favorites” – collages that she’s produced that she likes. It’s interesting to see an artist’s portfolio arranged in such a way, and…

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Topological Forms: Art by Mark M. Garrett


A painting made up of collaged map pieces and mixed mediaStates of Decay #5:KaraAdrift, cut map collage and gouache

Mark M. Garret is an artist who makes a practice out of drawing with scissors. Creating collages from bits of paper and old maps, Mark references topological forms, water, trees, and numerous other landscape features as well as purely abstract compositions.


A collage and gouache work made using pieces of a mapStates of Decay: Lakota Dream, cut map collage and gouache

 

Mark’s most recent map paintings are quite stunning. I adore…

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Social Constructs: Art by Devin M. Morris


A collage by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

Devin N. Morris creates colorful collages, as well as media works in photography and video. Morris uses his practice to express and deconstruct American social constructs in the context of his own experience as a queer black man.

 

A collage in black and grey by Devin N. MorrisUntitled, collage

 

Collages build up spaces, with small, abstracted figures – the figures in the collages are usually all monochromatic or patterned, and seem to interact loosely with a…

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Homage to Marcel Duchamp: Art by James Cortesos


A mixed media work on canvas featuring photographs and paintHomage part 2, collage on canvas

James Cortesos identifies much of his work as an homage to Marcel Duchamp. Working in collage and mixed media, James creates works that incorporate figurative photographs into a column-like composition with abstract paint and planes of color.

 

A colorful collage with photos and painted elementsUntitled

 

I find the comparison to Marchel Duchamp’s works quite interesting in the context of James’ portfolio. The works here are brightly-colored,…

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