Mixed Media Paintings in CT

A Mixed Media Artist in Connecticut

I am frequently asked what I mean when I describe my work as being mixed media. In the visual arts world, this means artwork that is created using more than one medium. For example, the artwork could be created using paint, graphite pencil, watercolor and markers. The combination of materials used by the artist is limitless. The artist might use repurposed books, crayons, found objects, ink, colored pencils, organic materials and/or fabric just to name a few.

The materials I usually use to make my mixed mixed collage paintings are acrylic paints, pastes and gels, especially those made by GOLDEN, painted paper, fabric, graphite pencil, paint pens, tissue paper, torn pages from books (I particularly like to use the paper from vintage books because of the way it tears), and wall paper.

Collage is a good example of mixed media art. It's is a process whereby the artist assembles and creates their art by affixing the selected materials to a substrate like canvas, paper or wood panel.

I currently teach art classes at the West Hartford Art League in West Hartford, CT. My courses range from composition and design for painters to gel plate printing to mixed media techniques. To learn more about my classes there, see their web site, WHAL. I also teach one-evening art classes at the Norfolk Hub in Norfolk, Connecticut.

Examples of famous artists who used the technique of mixed media

  • Georges Braque
  • Joseph Cornell
  • Edgar Degas
  • Jim Dine
  • Marcel Duchamp
  • Max Ernst
  • Jasper Johns
  • Paul Klee
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Kurt Schwitters

Tom Hlas, artist of mixed media paintings in Connecticut showing a work in progress in his Norfolk, CT studio.

PHOTO: Working in my studio on abstract paintings created with acrylic paint, soft gel gloss, fabric, graphite pencil, printed paper and wallpaper.

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