Painting Collage: Amelie von Wulffen

Collage can be a great starting point for a painting.  This technique was used early on by Modern artists like Picasso and Braque, and advanced by Dada and Surrealist artists.  Collage has continued to be a major artistic medium, remaining popular with young contemporary artists and established artists alike.

We did a project in the Fall Painting Workshop inspired by the painting-collages of contemporary German artist Amelie von Wulffen.  She has developed a technique where she starts with a photograph and then extends the photograph as a painting. It is as if the "real" world within the photograph is merging with the invented world within a painting.  Sometimes she also merges two different photographs, making them appear connected through the painted section between the photos.
Amelie von Wulffen
Von Wulffen often uses architectural photographs as a starting point.  The technical advantage here is that she can extend the perspective lines within the photo into the painting, to create a consistent illusionistic space.


Amelie von Wulffen
Can you tell where the photo ends and the painting starts?

Amelie von Wulffen

Amelie von Wulffen

Amelie von Wulffen

Amelie von Wulffen

Amelie von Wulffen
Here are a couple examples examples from another artist, William Wegman, using a similar technique. Only this time, Wegman is using vintage postcards instead of architectural photographs.  But you can still see how the use of perspective is very important in creating a continuous image.

postcard collage, William Wegman

postcard collage, William Wegman
We tried out this technique in the Fall Painting Workshop.  Here are some of the results!






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