Construction 6 – 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.


This is one of a series of abstract collage, all made in early 2022 using prepared papers. In comparison to my monotypes, these are graphically quite simple.

I didn’t, consciously at least, 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 make the papers by gel printing, usually with collage in mind. Sometimes I use prints that didn’t quite work, cutting them up as with the prepared papers, or as the 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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