Maryse-Anne Couteau

"Anything could inspire me but I am very fond of mixing the representation of human beings with complex constructions in an imaginary world.”

Le double - Colored pencil 10 x 10 cm

Maryse-Anne Couteau is a self-taught French artist. Her preferred medium has long be the pencil and she employs a colored pencil technique not widely used by grown-ups!  In recent years, Couteau has been also working in ink.

In her early work,  Couteau used very little color with very fine graphics and successfully suggested volume by a black stroke gently underlined in color. Subsequently, color increasingly imposed itself, and eventually supplanted the line. At first, the tones were quite assertive but were gradually refined. By superimposing different colors, the artist creates mixes and nuances, which are one of the characteristics of her work.

Although the human body and face have a great place in her world, Maryse-Anne Couteau is not limited to any particular style or type of representation; staging objects as well as animals and people. The artist finds an inexhaustible source of inspiration in the real world; the fertility of her imagination and her keen sense of observation intermingle a wonderful inner universe and a precise and detailed reality.

In her surprisingly original compositions, we see the impossible desire to get right up close to the subject and reach its very essence. The covering, the sliding, the transparency of surfaces, in reality, opaque, the repetition of shapes at different scales or the modification of angles of view on the same subject testify to a wish to see higher and deeper; to embrace the subject in its totality instead being limited to the superficial; to see further by projecting into the future and the past; to explore beneath the surface of things; go beyond the limit traced by the outlines and reach the infinite riches that hide in every aspect of reality.

After years of studies and a professional life, which was far from artistic, Maryse-Anne Couteau has decided to invest herself entirely in drawing and has devoted herself for nearly thirty years to her passion.

Passé simple - Black pencil 12 x 22 cm
L'autre rive - Ink 20 x 20 cm
L'enfant à a coque - Colored pencil 20 x 20 cm
Entre Toi et moi - Colored pencil 28 x 40 cm

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Lebasille

"My inspiration is life itself, rediscovering the past, creating a vintage future."

Once Upon A Time - Collage on paper 18 x 24 cm

Lebasille is Isabelle's pseudonym and she is a Belgian artist, born in Antwerp in 1989. Lebasille creates original collages on paper, with images from magazines, books and other imagery sources from 1920 to present.  She has always dedicated herself to analog collage, however, she has expanded her praxis to digital works, offering endless possibilities.

Within her analog and digital work, Lebasille plays with proportions, dialectics and context. A conversation occurs between current events and ideals - a subjective reality with an extra dimension of meaning or a layer of surrealism. She rediscovers the past creating a vintage future. The transformation of each individual image gives the viewer and his eye the opportunity to reinterpret elements or new readymade images.

With a growing love for imagery of different worlds, eras and ideals, Lebasille started to cut out and assemble countless images. It became part of her daily routine.

Many exhibitions followed, most notably in a museum in The Netherlands about food in art in past and present. Lebasille's practice consists of creating imagery for album covers, magazine covers, book illustrations, postcard illustrations and more.

What Have We Done - Collage on paper 24.5 x 20 cm
Market Mary - Collage on paper 22 x 20.5 cm
Blue Velvet - Collage on paper 20 x 26 cm
Rally Ride - Collage on paper 26.5 x 21 cm

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Berni Stephanus

"I make one collage every day. I chose collage in 1967 in order to express myself about the outer and my inner world and stopped painting in 2000 after a period of collaged paintings. I also create in-camera double exposures."

Cocagne - Collage 29 x 41 cm

Born as "Mischling" in Nazi Germany, I knew by age fifteen that I would be a painter. In 1960, I left Germany forever and settled in Geneva. After art school, I did different jobs and finally became a teacher. Later, I studied German Literature and Art History and mainly taught Art, Photography and Art History. I was active in teaching to adults (art therapy.) At my retirement, I decided to create one collage per day. I have also done some artistic coaching.

Where have all my people gone? - Collage 37 x 42 cm
Ice - Collage 37.5 x 33 cm
The Scholar - Collage 40 x 30 cm
No title - Collage 30 x 40 cm

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Benoît Tremblay

"As a self-taught artist, I do still concentrate on studying the postwar artistic avant-garde as well as the political and social life that surrounds us. For me, abstract art doesn't mean that it is abstracted by our day by day living, but that it goes beyond to reach a biggest dream."

Who's degenerated now? - Collage on paper 11.6 x 17,4 x 0.1 in.

Multidisciplinary artist, Benoît Tremblay aka Bent was born in Montreal’s Southwest Borough in 1975. An autodidact, he never studied art in an institution and he happily sees himself as an anti-academic artist. His influences are as wide as a 1000 colours you might place on a palette at the same time.

From Pollock to Basquiat, via Asger Jorn, Lee Krasner, Georg Baselitz or Gil Joseph Wolman and Guy Debord, the painter Bent tries his best to create visual reflections that can disturb life. Since 2004, he has had over 10 solo exhibitions and participated in 7 group art shows. He loves to travel and he sometimes creates work abroad that he finishes in the comfort of his workshop in his garage in Montreal.

Cut dead inside me - Acrylic, paper and ink on canvas 36 x 36 x 2 in.
À propos du soleil de minuit - Acrylic, tempera and ink on canvas 24 x 30 x 2 in.
Saouler l'ennuie aux abords des vides - Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 24 x 30 x 2 in.
These unknown roads - Acrylic, enamel, charcoal and ink on canvas 40 x 48 x 1 in.

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Sheila Eder

“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” - Edgar Degas

Oculus 2 - Collage on plastic 8 x 10 in.

Sheila Eder was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in Detroit. She has lived in New York City since 1970. After considering a career in music, she earned graduate degrees in psychology, public health and public administration. More recently Ms. Eder has pursued an interest in collage and mixed media, studying at Cooper Union and at the Art Center of the 92nd Street in NYC. Her work has won two "Best in Show" prizes and has been exhibited in New York and Miami, and in many online exhibits. 

Ground Zero - Collage on paper 21.5 x 18 in.
Iriwaddy - Collage on paper 11.5 x 14 in.
Gene's Party - Collage on paper 10 x 12 in.
Pandemic - Collage on board 6 x 8 in.

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Bernd Reichert

"I have always been interested in surrealist art and magic realism. The figurative aspect is important there. Coming from printmaking, I started out with using existing imagery, but more and more I have been combining collages with painted elements up to the point where the painting takes full control."

La Belle Machiniste - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm

“I was born behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany. I am now living on the surreal shores of Belgium. I studied printmaking in Germany (Berlin, Magdeburg) and Ireland. After many years of producing limited edition prints in all forms, I stopped for a few years my art production and traveled the world extensively. Now I have moved my area of interest to collages and paintings. I like to see myself as a kind of surrealist artist in the tradition of Leonor Fini, Eileen Agar and the likes.

My collages are a juxtaposition of elements, images, and objects incoherent to each other, thereby exercising a de-contextualizing form of violence on language and image alike. They contain a kind of strangeness, a disturbing element disquieting the spectator/reader who is confronted with a series of elements taken from one's everyday life which, being put one next to each other, provoke, suddenly, an incoherent situation, a source of obscurity and vagueness. Working with text and images, I like to encourage the viewer to oscillate between reading and looking. It is about reusing, recycling and re-contextualizing the over-abundance of images and information we can choose from Time, the various cultural influences of the placed I traveled to and a Babel-like plethora of different languages are recurring aspects of my work.

The artwork is telling stories, influenced by my travels, but also often containing autobiographical elements."

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

Gallery Kaire-Desine, Vilnius (LT), 2005

Gallery Meno, Cultural Centre Jonava (LT) , 2005

Musée de l’Art Spontané, Brussels (BE), 2008

Gallery 89, London (UK), 2010

Kunstwerkstatt, Magdeburg (GE), 2010 and 2013

Gallery ORT, Birmingham (UK), 2012

Cultural Centre, Minden (GE), 2014

L’Apparition - Acrylic and collage 70 x 70 cm
Merz N°2 - Collage 15 x 10 cm
Waiting - Acrylic 70 x 70 cm
Heize Elektrisch! - Collage 30 x 21 cm

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Fay Wood

“I’m inspired by the materials I work with (usually found objects); the touch, feel and intensity of them. The pleasure of working with a beautiful piece of wood, the visual impact of applied color, and the textures of fabrics; how I can imagine the ways to use them is intensely moving.”

Bird in Flight - Collage 20 x 20 in.

“Art using found objects has attracted me since 1965, when I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area, and saw large sculptures by local artists made from detritus on the Bay shore. They were fantastic, noisy, beautiful works with great humor and form - I never have forgotten them. As an art student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Mass. I began studying painting, but later, when I was attending a life drawing group, a sculptor encouraged me to carve directly in wood. This began what has become a deep love for sculpture and, later found object assemblage.

In 1992, when I finally had a permanent studio in the Hudson Valley of New York State, I began combining found objects with the cherry wood carvings I had been doing and continue to do so; adding found rag paper, wire, and paint to the mix.

I have also continued to paint, draw, and create tapestries and, recently I have completed an 18 piece portfolio of collages. I have an extensive exhibition history, including The Proskauer prize from the National Sculpture Society, exhibitions at Brookgreen Gardens, S. Carolina, Biennale Dell Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, where I have been invited again in 2019, as well as many solo, group and invitational exhibitions in the USA. I will also be a featured artist with Artrepreneur, a website assisting artists to further their careers, in a film on PBS worldwide in April 2019.”

Reunion - Found object sculpture 44 x 42 x 44 in.
Mantis - Found object sculpture 60 x 16 x 18 in.
I Thought I Stood - Collage 28 x 21.5 in.
Goddess of Light Work - Found object sculpture 62 x 23 x 47 in.

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Denise Jones Adler

Born in: 1953

Lives in: New York, NY

Media: Mixed media, Collage

Describe your work in 3 words: Fantasy, Expressionism, Surrealism

See More Work:  http://www.deniseadler.com, IG: @deniseadler123, https://www.artsy.net/pleiades-gallery, https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/937958

Same Battles, Same Victims

"My collages are made by cobbling together work from disparate snippets of media, advertisements, newspapers and photographs, type and found objects, the detritus of my yesterdays, lost and found and given a new place. This work is the outcome of my journey through life."

What themes does your work involve?
Myths, fairy tales, legends and fantasies are key themes.
Describe your creative process.
I try to tell a visual story, using trash and everyday items as symbols for a updated and relatable mythology.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
In the same way that mythology gave us hints at our shared humanity, I want to give voice to those symbols and continue to tell the stories, visually. As we continue to try and make sense of existence, the glorious and the horrid, the wonder and the injustice. The need to express, interpret and understand is what inspires my work.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
When someone can blend honesty, passion, ability and a tenacious willingness to dig deeper, and a little bit of self-awareness with an idea, great art can happen.
What is the role of the artist today?
Making art fulfills a need in me, it’s hard work, it feels like living, it has all the same components, the flow - passion, sadness, love, joy, grief. Art is slow, it needs you to slow down, interacting means attempting to understand and relate to another human’s thoughts and ideas. Art is a connection to the past and a guide to the future. it is the best we as humans can do and it’s as fleeting and temporary as we are, yet it has a spirit or energy that, I believe, is the reason for everything.


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Le Collagerie

"As an artist, the genre of collage art allows me to create an optical illusion for the viewer. While from a distance one sees the full image, close-up the piece reveals a myriad of details. All through my collections, one finds the continuous elements of curiosity and all things whimsical."

Arizona - Collage 10 x 15 in.

"Collage initially started as a form of meditation for me. Having been diagnosed with a mild case of Tourette Syndrome at a young age, looking through magazines and cutting clippings to create works of art provided a sense of calm and focus needed during a time of drastic change. I quickly realized my passion for giving old, recycled images from magazines a new life and meaning through collage. Having grown up on the border of Mexico and now living in San Francisco, my work is greatly inspired by color, fashion, culture and exploration.

As an artist, the genre of collage art allows me to create an optical illusion for the viewer. While from a distance one sees the full image, close-up the piece reveals a myriad of details. All through my collections, one finds the continuous elements of curiosity and whimsy conveying a spirited quality to each piece. Each collage is composed of donated recycled magazine clippings (or paper) making it Mother Earth-friendly."

Raíz - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Blanc - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Giovanna the Great - Collage 10 x 15 in.
Sedona - Collage 10 x 15 in.

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Reiner Langer

"I have worked my whole life for Freedom. For more than 35 years, doing Mail Art projects titled, "AGAINST WAR" by Reiner Langer. I employ a very special technique: Old-masters mixed media collage, including free drawing, all elements are hand made including the coloration."

Jesus - Mixed media collage on paper 7 x 14 cm

German artist, Reiner Langer studied with Prof.  Lajos Sebök and had his first exhibition in 1979 followed by a wide range of international shows in Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, France, the USA and many more. Multi-award recipient including Revierkunstpreis, Germany, UNESCO AWARD, Kremlin Gallery, Moscow, Dante Award, Italie, Michelangelo Award, Italie, UNESCO AWARD, Greece, Langer has done masterclasses and workshops worldwide. He did "Big Fire" Installations in India and Germany, two countries which he has also done successful performances in.

The Storm - Mixed media collage on paper 8 x 15 cm
Freedom - Mixed media collage on paper 15 x 20 cm
Not Free - Mixed media collage on paper 15 x 25 cm
Angel Trusted - Mixed media collage on paper 18 x 24 cm

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