Tag Archives: Collage

05 Jelle Martens - surface and surface

Jelle Martens’s eye catching work combines strong graphic blocks of colour woven together with saturated grainy photography to create dynamic visual palettes.  Jelle Marten is a Belgian Artist, Photographer and Graphic Designer and has exhibited his work in Leuvens and Gent, Belgium and in Cork, Ireland as part of the Cutting Edges – Contemporary Collage exhibition at the West Cork Arts Centre.  That’s about all I can find out about this mysterious character. The section of a quote from his site below gives a little more insight into his work.

“Shape music image tone triangle color collage paper texture pattern old wallpaper sticker book illustration drawing graphic pen paper pencil face beer circlediamond illustrator symmetry geometry black white light contrast” loose translation from Jelle’s site.

I’m fascinated by his ‘In the Quivering Forest series’, reminds me of art projects we use to do in primary school but the results were probably not quite as sharp as Jelle’s.  Find more of his work on his site below or on his filckr.

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15 Oliver Jeffers - Surface and Surface

Some fantastic work from Belfast raised Brooklyn based Artist, Illustrator, print maker, designer and writer Oliver Jeffers.  Oliver Jeffers’s diverse portfolio spans figurative painting and installation to illustration and picture-book making.  He has exhibited in New York, Dublin, London, Sydney, Washingtone DC and Belfast.

As an Illustrator Oliver has worked with clients The Guardian, United Airlines, Lavazza Coffee, Newsweek International, Her Royal Majesty the Queen of England, and the Irish Times for which he received the Gold Icad Award for Illustration.

His successful picture books are published by Harper Colins UK and Penguin USA. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animated short film narrated by Stephen Fry, which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film.

“In some ways, Jeffers’s drawing is childlike – almost schematic – but it is never demeaning or condescending. Together, the plangent simplicity of the drawing and the powerful emotions of the boy make these stories genuinely moving. With a gentle humour and an airy touch, free of extraneous detail, he celebrates the emotional freedom of the child whose imagination is not yet weighed down by the limitations of reality.”  Joanna Carey The Guardian 2009

His new book ‘Stuck’ (which I would recommend as a Christmas present to any little person) is available here and his paintings are currently on show in the ‘Holiday Group Show’ at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery New York.  His presentation for Offset in 2009 is available here.

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01 Suzanne Moxhay - surfaceandsurfaceUnsettling dreamlike work from London based Artist Suzanne Moxhay.

“The distortion of photographic imagery is a theme carried through my current work.  Through a restless reprocessing of found imagery I create environments that become detached from the photographic, that exist in a space between photography and the staged or theatrical”

Each image is derived from a three dimensional collage of cut outs of collected materials of imagery collected from travel brochures and adverts as well as the National Geographic Magazine and photographic journals.  Prints of Moxhay’s work are available through

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