Construction 5 – abstract collage influenced by Russian Suprematist style.


Collage made with prepared papers on mixed media paper, about 250 gsm. A4 framed to A3 with simple black moulding. Acrylic glazing.


Early in 2022 I made a series of abstract collage, all using prepared papers. Graphically, all the pieces are quite simple, especially in comparison to my monotypes. Even so, I can still see common themes coming through. I seem to have developed a liking for stripes, for example. They turn up in many of the monotypes and in these collages.

My aim was to keep it simple, but I can see similarities with the Suprematists, working in pre-Revolutionary Russia around the time of World War 1.  Artists working in this way included Malevitch (who coined the term), Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitsky.

I make the papers by gel printing, usually with collage in mind. Sometimes I use prints that didn’t quite work,  cutting them up or as a base layer. The base here is A4 Mixed Media paper, about 250 gsm.  I  use acrylic medium as the glue. It bonds well with the acrylic paint on the papers and doesn’t dry or go brittle.

The collage is in an A3 frame with a simple black moulding and a plain white mount. For safety and to reduce weight, the frame has acrylic glazing.



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