Collage Artist in Connecticut

As well as being a mixed media artist, I consider collage as one of my artistic specialties.

Collage is a process of making art by assembling or affixing a variety of materials (usually with glue or some other adhesive) to a substate like paper or wood panel. While it’s a much older art form, collage really came be to the forefront in the early 20th century by such great artists as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse.

Today artists who work in collage use a variety of materials from paint, photographs, paper, ribbons, wood, newspaper and cloth to stickers, theatre tickets, old letters, envelopes, magazine clippings and other memorabilia and emphemera.

One of the great facets of collage is it’s an art medium that is very accessible to a variety of art makers. It’s a great vehicle for people to express themselves visually and artistically. Of course, there is a wide range of proficiency in the work of fine artists to hobbyists to school children especially when one considers the artistic elements of composition, line, shape, value, color, texture, design and movement.

When I create artwork, I primarily use painted paper, fabric remnants, pages from old books, wallpaper scraps and other forms of paper. I prefer to use found or repurposed materials rather than materials purchased especially for my work. However, I do use artist quality paint, mediums, adhesives and varnishes. I typically do not use commercially printed paper (like magazine photos) due to their potential fading over time.

For more information about the history of collage, see:

Collage painting using pages from old books, printed illustration, fabric and acrylic paint. Created on wood panel by Connecticut artist, Tom Hlas.

Collage Painting on Wood Panel, 8” x 8"
©Tom Hlas 2014. All rights reserved.

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Collage Painting on Paper, 7” x 5"
©Tom Hlas 2019. All rights reserved.

© Tom Hlas 2004-2021
All Rights Reserved.