Construction 7 – abstract collage using prepared papers


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


This is one of a series of abstract collage I made in early 2022. In comparison to my monotypes, these are deliberately quite simple. Although I didn’t consciously have them in mind, but I can see similarities with the Suprematists, working in pre-Revolutionary Russia around the time of World War 1. Perhaps something stuck in my memory after visiting the exhibition of Russian Art at the Royal Academy in 2017.

Artists working in this way included Malevitch (who coined the term), Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitsky.

I prepare the papers by gel printing, usually with collage in mind. I sometimes use prints that didn’t quite work, cutting them up as with the prepared papers, or as the base layer. For this series, however, I used 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.

  • Medium: Collage
  • Size: A4
  • Framed: Yes, to A3
  • Frame colour: Black
  • Glazing: Acrylic
  • Price: £85.00 plus postage



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