"REVERIE" 12036, mixed media collage portrait © Carol Nelson Fine Art

This portrait is an experiment using patterned paper.  I have been looking at the work of Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, Florian Nicolle, and Derek Gores.  Each one of these fantastic artists uses collaged papers in their work.

I am fascinated by the look of printed letters and patterns, especially when applied to human faces or animals.  Is is because we live in such an information-driven age?

We are bombarded daily with thousands of words and images.  I've seen many contemporary artists who have used numbers, letters, and printed patterns as a design element in their paintings.  I like the effect.

My portrait series, where all the portraits were done in vibrant fauvist style, was also a little off the beaten track in it's approach. This painting is one of my first attempts at trying collage in portraiture.

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Barb said...

Very interesting.

Kelly Jeanette Swift said...

A nice portrait, Carol. I think using collage is difficult in anything not abstract, but you seem to have a handle on it. She is lovely.