Mark Making: 10 The Best Collage Practitioners


  1. Ian Wright

This artist is just genius! He uses rip and stick technique and makes such a lovely 3D looking portraits! His incredible layering is something that I really would like to learn, but it looks so difficult. Although I’m not that big of the fan of collages, but Ian’s work just looks amazing! Also he does calligram portraits, that looks pretty good. I really like how messy his work looks from up close (he uses different textures) and how organised it looks from further away!


2. Neasden Control Centre


Really interesting art. I’m a big fan of geometrical figures, so that’s why I’ve included Neasden Control Centre to that list. It looks like Stephen (his real name) is really interested in architecture and lines. Somehow he manages to combine really neat looking lines with a really messy portraits or some weird doodles. Also I like his typefaces, because he uses lots of different and quite riot looking letters. I looks like he has been inspired by punk culture. It is quite hard to look at his art, because I find it quite tiring.


3. Joseph Cornell


Joseph is a surrealism artist. I find his work really inspiring, because he uses really interesting way to represent his ideas – he uses some bits and pieces and puts them in the boxes. His work looks like really well – organised antique collection. Also he loves to use people portraits or stuffed birds. It is really pleasing to look at it, probably, because I really like antiques.


4. Chuck Close


His art is just something special! I still can’t understand how using bottle caps, dots or just some figures Chuck creates such a beautiful and realistic portraits! I really like the effect it makes: from close up it looks like you’re looking at a face through a glass or water, but from further away it just looks so real! And these colours he uses are somehow really optimistic and bright. Also his pencil drew realistic portraits is something beyond perfect! I thing he’s just a perfect example of a hard work and outcomes of it.


5. Dr. Me Studio


These two guys (Ryan and Mark) are colleagues who decided do create a collage every day for one year and the outcome is really inspiring. It’s really interesting to see their ideas and techniques changing over the days, because every single one is so different, it doesn’t look that they’ve got their own style.

Dr. Me use lots of ‘cut and paste’, that makes their collages really interesting.

The way they’ve decided to learn to make collage is just inspiring, I thing it’s a really good way to learn something new – do that all over again and again.


6. Anthony Gerace


Anthony’s collages are really unique, because he uses his square tile technique, that looks really interesting. Most of his work are portraits and the interesting thing is, I couldn’t find any full face in any of his collages. It looks like he leaves space for viewer’s imagination, ’cause all of the portraits are secret – looking. The colours he uses for a background are quite bright looking, simple one colour tones. I think hs work would look really good on an album cover.


7. George Douglas


The first time I saw his work – I thought it looks like soviet posters art. I think there’s something to do with colours he uses – red, blue, black and white. Most of his work has really simple background, anyway the collages he does, doesn’t look that simple. In my opinion they look really messy, too many different textures. I’m still not sure if I like his work, because it looks like it’s been really quickly made collages with some doodles on top.


8. Hannah Hock


One of the collage pioneers. In her work she uses mostly faces and simple, one tone, backgrounds that makes her creatures pop out. I like how she combines uncombinable things like old and new, real and not real, beautiful and ugly… It kind of looks like she’s making fun of people, in some of her collages. Her work is really inspiring, although I don’t fully understand what does she and her art wants to say.


9. David Rudnick


Another cover – looking artwork. This time by David Rudnick. This artist is really different from the artist I’ve talked about before. Mainly David collages different kind of textures and typefaces, while leaving portraits on the side. In my opinion his work is really techno culture looking: lots of graphic work, old school looking typefaces, black colour combined with a really intense (cyber)  one. It looks quite messy, but simple at the same time. From looking at his artwork, I think David is inspired by Jenny Holzen (phrases on packs of condoms) and Anthony Burrill ( ‘work hard and be nice to people’ poster).


10. Ezra Jack Keats


I’ll finish this blog with Mr. Ezra Jack Keats work. This artist is one of the first ones to collage children in the urban background. Ezra makes collages for children books and all of them looks really colourful and peaceful! The colours and textures he’s using are so well designed.


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