Title: “Shapes, #1″
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I’m a collage artist. These are the modern (meaning, contemporary) collage artists that I enjoy the most.
- Julien Pacaud (“Negative Numbers”)
This is the man who single-handendly turned me from hating collage, to loving it. When I saw his sci-fi-like works I immediately recognized a certain “narrative” atmosphere. There is always more going on in Pacaud’s depicted surreal worlds than what “a single frame” would let go. Digging deeper, I found that he had studied filmmaking before becoming an illustrator. He’s a master, and very successful in the commercial illustration space.
- Kieron Cropper (“CUR3ES”)
If organized chaos means anything to you, then you will probably like CUR3ES’ works. A feast of colors and shapes, feels alienating at first look, but it’s growing on you fast. He’s my all time favorite visual artist!
- Jesse Treece (“Collage Art by Jesse”)
If there was a genre called “modern old collages”, Jesse Treece would be the king of it. An artists who knows how to properly marry vintage pictures with very new visual ideas.
- Ben Giles (“ben///giles”)
Ben Giles is a 20 year old artist from the UK. He has worked on various styles, but I believe there’s a common feeling coming out of all his works: happiness. His collages are the opposite of what we’d call dark, there’s a certain optimism in his works, a feel-good approach.
- Hugo Barros (“Mesineto”)
Mesineto’s work usually features a central object, which is then cut-up and composed in various ways. Some very interesting ideas emerge from piece to piece.
- Bryan Olson (“Glass Planet”)
If CUR3ES had a twin brother, that would be Glass Planet. The style is similar, but more approachable. Maybe. Lovely artwork, very mystifying.
- Sammy Slabbinck (“Imass”)
If you’re into beautiful fashion-like vintage/illustration, that’s the artist to check out. He usually uses that matte blue color which makes most of his works identifiable.
- Laura Redburn (“CardboardCities”)
Instead of cutting out whole objects and assembling them into a collage, this artist is usually cutting out textures and patterns, then re-shapes them, and finally uses them into her unique collages.
- Beth Hoeckel (“Beth from Above”)
Beth puts the “point of view” theme into perspective, by making sure that the background is grand and spectacular.
- And one of mine, “Amphitrite”:
UPDATE: A few more great contemporary collage artists that popped up lately:
- Caroline Alkire (“Child of the mountains”)