“The Florist & Garden Miscellany”: Unique Collage Works That Include Botanics And Themes Of Mortality

Dan Barry has been drawn to creating mixed media and fond of collaged image drawings since he was a young person growing up in northern Wisconsin. Now living in Austin, Texas, his love of vintage visual media has grown and developed throughout his career.

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In “The Florist & Garden Miscellany,” Dan continues to combine the marks of his hand with vintage mixed media, both old and new, to explore themes that are deeply personal in ways that make them universal. Dan Barry’s artwork reflects our difficult times in their exploration of loss, life, and mortality as well as our ongoing desire for deep human connection. His work invites us to reflect and embrace the place of love, loss, and the passage of time in our own lives.

“A lot has transpired this past year. In “The Florist & Garden Miscellany” (October 2 – 31 at La Luz Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles), I will be showing (60) pieces from my Botanical series alongside (11) related artworks that are larger in scale and/or more intricate.”

“In March of 2020, all of my upcoming exhibitions were canceled or indefinitely postponed within one week. That same week, I started “staying home” nearly full-time for the next 12+ months. I had no approaching deadlines and even more time on my hands to spend working in the studio. I began looking through my flat file drawers of paper and rediscovered a collection of hand-colored botanical prints that I had not thought about for a long time. The botanicals are from bound volumes of Paxton’s Magazine of Botany from the 1840s.”

“I set the stack on my work table and began to draw, collage, and build up a history of marks on them. It was a liberating way for me to get going once again in the studio. Over the following months, these meanderings resulted as a chronicle of my days, thoughts, and reactions to the world around me: widening national ideological divide, lies and conspiracy theories, racism and xenophobia, sickness, disease, death, aging and mortality, uncertainty, fear of a dystopian future.”

“As well as – a large amount of damage to my home and studio, caused by unprecedented, sustained winter weather in Texas and the failure of its vulnerable and neglected power grid.”

Below are some examples of the artist’s works in this series and other related works from “The Florist & Garden Miscellany.” You can find more at the website linked above.





















SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-florist-garden-miscellany-unique-collage-works-that-include-botanics-and-themes-of-mortality/

“Surveillance Society”: The Dark and Intrigue Digital Collages and Photo Works by Omi

“For over ten years I took part in design and production of my fathers leather company. In 2010 I established my own brand ‘crambox creating’. I started photography to showcase my creations but soon photography also became a big part of myself. The ways of expressing this world through what I capture was limitless. Now as a photographer and creator I continue to develop, innovate and inspire to meet my clients needs.” – Omi

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/surveillance-society-the-dark-and-intrigue-digital-collages-and-photo-works-by-omi/

The Superb Pop Collages and Artworks by Rafael Bergamini

“I’m a motion graphics designer and art director born in Sao Paulo – Brazil, living in Dubai – UAE. Started working with video editing and colour grading when I was 13 years old, as an assistant to my dad’s little production shop (thanks dad!), and I’ve never stopped ever since. 18 years and 4 different countries later, still moving forward.” – Rafael Bergamini

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-superb-pop-collages-and-artworks-by-rafael-bergamini/

“PURE CHAOS”: The Superb Crypto Pop Artworks of Anna Louise Simpson

Anna Louise Simpson aka Miss AL Simpson, an artist based in Scotland, was making traditional collage art when one of the main crypto art platforms contacted her to see if she was interested in tokenizing her pieces.

Featured in the Washington Post, CNN & Bonhams x Super Rare “CryptOGs: The Pioneers of NFT Art”.

“In this digital avant-garde, Miss AL Simpson has become one of the chief protagonists of this new movement, compressing history and styles to produce some of the most dramatic and compelling works to be tokenized to date.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/pure-chaos-the-superb-crypto-pop-artworks-of-anna-louise-simpson/

The Adorable and Superb Surreal Art and Photo Manipulation by Jose Francese

Jose Francese, is an Argentinean Italian artist. He does a fabulous compilation of images through his imagination. He is a true photo manipulation expert working on surreal works. Jose Francese was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now, he is living in Rome, Italy, and is highly zealous about Photoshop editing. His interest is adorable in surreal art and photographic manipulation.

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Jose Francese, from early age was passionate about drawing. He loved nature and animals that unknowingly he slowly sneaked into this magical world. It is the reason his works present a blend of reality and fantasy. Jose represents a world full of dreams and hope.

Jose Francese keeps looking for the silent beauty in nature. He tries to get the image that is much away from the now culture plagued by visual noise. Essential concepts push him to choose unpredictable paths. He believes photographs can bring out the unfolding reality of nature. One can discover the new concepts, worlds, and friendships, keeping an open mind to enjoy and
immerse in realities.

From childhood, Jose Francese liked drawing and making cartoons. The digital technology advancement using the internet took to new level of Photo manipulation and incredible works. The first time he used the program of photo editing, he says he did not get idea to use. He learnt the digital artist skills later by watching online videos and tutorials. He says he uses his imagination and knowledge to combine real images, allowing doing different things coming to mind. He says, with every passing day, he discovered different things and did not stop learning.

Talented, Jose Francese, explains how he uses element as a digital artist and Photoshop expert to bring out his worldly and surreal masterpieces through Photo Manipulation. Jose Francese is a true master working on surreal works that features worldly creatures in mystical settings. His mission is to give a glimpse to other of his imagination and shares his magical masterpieces, allowing curiosity to take flight.

Jose always was into drawing from his childhood and became interested in digital art. He discovered online digital art tutorials and photo editing programs. Now, Jose is influenced by animals, nature, landscapes, and flowers. As a Photoshop expert, he combines the real and unreal, and brings life to his wild and wonderful ideas.

He wants people to learn from his work to let their imaginations fly. He says for everything the basis is nature. The meaning of his work is intended towards hope and love, he says.

Jose Francese is always into the tranquility of nature. He says it motivates him to this work. It allows him to make images representing a child and lion hugging.

His style is surreal digital art and the inner workings of his work are his imaginations defining digital art style. His style relies on real world experiences and being creative. It is about finding essential skills, programs and resources to create his project that he visualizes in mind.

Jose Francese says, he observes more and does changes based on the resources or idea as per suitable time. He says his photos were a piece of adaptation of that he has. Jose completes a project in two hours and some pieces in three days. The moment he likes a photo, he tries inventing a concept. Today with the help of internet, there are many resources and ideas that he uses to execute any project.
























SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/the-adorable-and-superb-surreal-art-and-photo-manipulation-by-jose-francese/

Artist Mixes Up Paintings With Pop Culture, and It Makes Us Want to Look Twice

According to Ertan Atay: “There are collages in anachronism, neo dada and surrealist styles in my works. I can say the main theme is pop art collages. I like to bring different objects together. And I like to combine unexpected things with the simplest and humorous language by blending my work with both emotional and humorous language. I can say I’m happy as long as I create. Other than that, I love creating special feelings that bring people together. I am happy to make many people from different countries of feel the same thing.”

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My starting point is the though of “Everything that attracts attention and make one want to take a second look is special.” I like to make difference in perception. I am interested in painting, Renaissance paintings in particular and i like to put them together with modern times. But apart from this, i have satirical photo manipulation works and different tryings.





















































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/artist-mixes-up-paintings-with-pop-culture-and-it-makes-us-want-to-look-twice/

“The Art of (DE)Construction”: The Superb Collages of Nicollages

Nicollages’ works evolves around the assembling of the human face as a means of expression.

“My name is Nicole, I am 29 years old and live in Nuremberg, Germany. I was born in Kazakhstan and immigrated to Germany at the age of 5. At this age, my desire for collages has already begun. I wasn’t allowed to use scissors at the time, so I ripped out objects and faces from magazines and then stuck them together. I haven’t lost my passion for it to this day. Luckily,” she told Beyound Photography.

More: Nicollages, Instagram h/t: beyondphotography

“I like contrasting facial features. Sad, happy, upset. If you mix these, often an interesting result comes out. Mixing these is so exciting and there are very interesting results coming out.”

“The digital age is creating many new opportunities for artists. I love digital collages. Personally, I have to work with my hands and feel the material. I can’t even imagine it any other way. People are always amazed when they hear that my collages have been designed analogue. That’s why I believe that there is space for analogue collages.”












































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/the-art-of-deconstruction-the-superb-collages-of-nicollages/

“Liquid Colors”: The Superb Colorful and Surreal Collages by Farid Sukuro

According to an artist: “I am Fred from LearnFromFred.com, and I have been teaching people Photoshop and how to create beautiful artworks since 2018. In the last 3 years over 30k students have enrolled into my classes. My goal is to teach people how to realize their creative ideas using Photoshop.”

More: Farid Sukuro, Instagram h/t: beyondphotography

“I never planned to become an artist or do anything even close to that, I even thought that it is a bit foolish since I didn’t see a career path in art. But it all happened by itself, I started creating images out of boredom as a hobby and slowly transformed into a profession,” Farid told Beyond Photography.

“My favourite technique is probably Smudging (Smudge Tool). It helps to make objects liquid and stretch them, gives the artwork painting look.”

“I think Photoshop is a separate medium, probably as most people call it “Photomanipulation”, not an image, neither graphic design nor a painting. It is a mix of everything.”




























































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/liquid-colors-the-superb-colorful-and-surreal-collages-by-farid-sukuro/

“Flower Power”: The Superb Floral Photography and Collages by Ashley Marie

The flower portrait series began after a Surrealism in fashion class where the Ashley Marie had been sourcing copies of old masters still life paintings to use as lighting references.

These two points alongside the artist’s love of fine art photography brought this vibrant portfolio to life. The juxtaposition of old and new is a recurring theme for the photographer meets collage artist. And what better way than to marry two elements of beauty together in the form of beautiful faces and beautiful flowers?

More: Instagram h/t: beyondphotography

The title “Flower Portraits” is to be taken at face value. As with all creative ideas, the concept emerged from subconscious ideas. But the artist began questioning the reasons behind her desire to create these images in the first place. Why are we so obsessed with beauty? We live in a world that idealises beauty and its relationship to youth; these fickle idealisms are fleeting and they wither much like flowers do.

Still life paintings of the masters derived from the need to capture beauty before beauty passed also. The transience of beauty is strongly tied to Vanitas and all beauty and life inevitably meets decay and death. This on-going series has a long future ahead with more sitters and more diversity to follow as Ashley Marie continues to explore the fine lines between beauty and society in relation to historical conventions.





































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/flower-power-the-superb-floral-photography-and-collages-by-ashley-marie/

“pervARTed”: This Artist Creates Naughty But ‘Safe For Work’ Photo Manipulations

Johnny Smith attended Film school at the University of Texas and has since moved to LA. A script writer, actor, and producer, Smith turned to digital Collage out of frustration for a creative outlet which was more immediate.

“I majored in film and television in college, with a minor in theater, so the idea of storytelling and performing, in a any capacity, was always a desire of mine. I moved to Los Angeles in 2004 but spent most of my 20s dicking around and not pushing myself to do anything beyond drinking and hanging out. That got boring quickly, so in my free time, I started taking photo booth photos at the Rite Aid down the street.

I made different facial expressions as the photo booth snapped photos of me. I would then go home, cut out my faces and paste them on different illustrations I drew, such as a Mama bird feeding her baby birds, a pigeon pooping in front of another disgusted pigeon and so forth. That is where my collage making started before I made the transition to digital. For me, this was a hobby that was an escape from the monotony that had been my life. It also made my friends laugh, so that inspired me further. Sometimes they would join me and we would take photo booth photos together. I then would cut and paste our faces on different animals in different scenarios and gift them the final product. It was a lot of fun!” he told Beyond Photography.

More: Instagram h/t: beyondphotography

“In America, sex is taboo and is “dangerous” and I don’t think it has to be. Sex is fun, it’s physically healthy and it feels amazing. Plus, it is how all of us are here today. Sex is the best!

With my art, I was being provocative and it started out as a test to see what I could post and get away with on Instagram. It then ended up becoming a recurring theme. I like sex, I like when people have sex, I love people being comfortable with their bodies and I love celebrating that in my art. And I think about sex all the time because I can’t wait until the next time I get to have it! I am a guy who is very driven by the promise of sex,” he added.



































































































































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/pervarted-this-artist-creates-naughty-but-safe-for-work-photo-manipulations/