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Graham Hutchinson - Notpaper

Graham Hutchinson

I love the raw feeling of Graham's work, how he assembles many layers and different tones of paper. The colours in his collages are very natural and warm, and the black and white photos of people he integrates into them draw me in.


Graham Hutchinson
www.grahamhutchinson.blogspot.com
Sheffield, UK


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

Despondency. Love.

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

Old magazines, newspapers, books... I find the more aged, weathered or damaged the material is, the more the material corresponds to the subject matter/the ideas I create. Along with scouring in charity shops for source material, my uncle runs a waste paper-recycling business so I get lots of interesting stuff from him too.

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

I've been in love with collage for around about five years. Prior to this I made installations and drawings. I found collage to be a quick way to get an ideas down. It seemed really raw and honest. Never looked back.




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

I split my time equally by supporting adults with Autism, as a Support Worker and time in the studio.

Do you have any formal art training?

MA, BA (hons) Fine Art

Explain your favourite techniques.

I have to count 'thinking' as a technique (without sounding pretentious), I do spend lot of time in my studio not doing anything but thinking. I then usually start with figures, males or females and try to create some narrative in my head that I would like to share with people. After that, scissors and glue.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

I suppose I feel most comfortable with a series of collages I made entitled 'Scraps Of Us/Whilst Listening to Cocorosie's Noah's Ark'. Built from clippings of the human form, my intention was to create a snapshot of two lovers. Upon completion of the series I found them to have more layers than I expected. I see them equally as positive and negative in their appeal.



What other artists do you admire?

Marcel Duchamp. Robert Rauschenberg. Maurizzio Cattelan.

Thanks Graham!

Peyote Poems by Brandon McLean - Notpaper

Peyote Poems by Brandon McLean

"A collection of instinctual paper experiments" by Brandon McLean called Peyote Poems.





via Brandon McLean

Ashkan Honarvar - Notpaper

Ashkan Honarvar

Ashkan has a very diverse body of work, and I very much recommend that you visit his website to take a look at it all. I had a hard time deciding which series to feature, so I just chose two that resonated with me personally. The first series, Individualism, is one I enjoyed for its use of landscape imagery and portraits simultaneously. In the second series, the void, all images are black and white and he works creatively with the negative space, filling up cutouts with pattern and texture to complete the image.


Ashkan Honarvar
www.ashkanhonarvar.com
The Netherlands


Describe your work in 10 words or less.

A reflection of the human body.

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

All original printed materials. Old and new. But specially medical and scientific books.

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

Almost 7 years now after I saw some collages from the propaganda artist John Heartfield. I got so fascinated by his technique. The way he used existing material to tell his story was unique.




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

Just an artist.

Do you have any formal art training?

Yes, a BFA in illustration.

Explain your favourite techniques.

Handmade collages! There are 2 kind of collages. You have the handmade and you have the digital ones. There are a few artist/designers that can really produce something beautiful and interesting with the digital medium. But it can get quite boring. There is just no any restraint. You can scale, rotate, flip etc. As with the handmade collages it's more challenging. Here you have more restraints that can make the final piece more interesting and rewarding.

Describe your favourite piece ever created.

It's actually a project that I'm very proud of. It's called Ubakagi and it took me over one year to finish it. It's one of my most conceptual works up to date.



What other artists do you admire?

Three persons I really admire are actually all photographers. Boris Mikhailov (specially the Case History project) Antoine D'agata (he really vanishes in his own project, it's too scary) Jeffery Silverthorne. I think he's the only one able to mix death and beauty the way he does.

Thanks Ashkan!

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