Greg Lamarche

Greg's work has all the typographic qualities that I love to see when graphic design and art start to mingle. The colours, layering, and words and letters are quirky and refreshing. It invokes (for me at least) the "why did I think of that?" feeling. And, of course, the vintage ephemera he uses evokes equal vibrancy.


Greg Lamarche
www.greglamarche.com

Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Elegant, unique, bold and original.

What do you like to work with (magazines, photographs, vintage)? Be specific!

I like to work with printed papers from the 1940s to the 80s. The printing and the quality are far superior than today. I mainly use paper with matte finish never anything too new or glossy.

How long have you been creating collages and what made you start?

I started making collages around 1980-81 as a kid I used to pick up things off the street and make simple collages and compositions. A lot of my early collages were made with burnt out firework wrappers.




Are you solely an artist, or do you work in another profession?

I am also a freelance graphic designer and part time vandal. But I am mostly a full time artist.

Do you have any formal art training?

Not really, I attended a specialized art high school where I took college level art classes, (when I actually went to school). At that point most of my time was spent writing graffiti. When I got to college I wanted to get away and was not interested in formal training. That said, I did major in art with a minor in graphic design but I was able to experiment with photography and glass blowing so I learned and experienced other art forms rather than being too focused on one thing.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Collage, drawing and spray paint.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

Hard to pick just one, but the Fun Gun piece I made a few years back is definitely one of my all time favourites. I showed it once and didn't want to sell it and it has lived in my collection ever since.



What other artists do you admire?

Kurt Schwitters, Joseph Cornell, Ed Keinholtz, Tom Friedman, Cildo Meireles and Ray Johnson to name a few.

Thanks Greg!

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