Found Art by Stephen Linhart

 
It has been common in recent decades for prominent artists to ‘find’ material in the output of lesser known artists and designers. We see photographs showing works by unnamed designers, and collages of all forms of popular media. I’ve chosen to pursue the same pattern... but in reverse.

I’m using the title ‘Found Art’ as a double entendre rather than a pun. I made these collages from art I found in the works of great painters. But also, I used a found art technique in their creation. I develop an experience-space using technology and existing images. Then I go exploring in that space. When I find something that moves me, I lithify it as a digital collage and polish it into a finished work.

Flower Child and Masquerade are each compositions from 3 sources. I explored a domain of images and transformations to find compositions that elicited a particular feeling.

In Night Creatures and Orange Print I followed the same strategy but with only two sources and more subterfuge. I was surprised and pleased with the scope of what can be done with these techniques. In Chatterton’s Dream I tried less subterfuge and I’m still not sure how I feel about the result.

Fab Wall, Imp and Tapestry are earlier works that brought me to this approach. They each incorporate the elements of found art and collage, and the technique of exploration and response.

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Night Creatures

Night Creatures
A collage of Found Art from
The White Horse, Paul Gauguin
Two Bathers, Auguste Renoir



Orange Print

Orange Print
A collage of Found Art from
Apple Basket, Paul Cezanne
Apples and Oranges, Paul Cezanne



Chatterton's Dream

Chatterton’s Dream
A collage of Found Art from
At the Poppy Merchant’s, George Barbier
Chatterton (1856), Henry Wallis



Tapestry

Tapestry
Collage of digital art and Arthur Rackham

Flower Child

Flower Child
A collage of Found Art from
Young Girl in a Green House, Berthe Morisot
Woman Washing Hair, Edgar Degas
After the Bath, Edgar Degas



Masquerade

Masquerade
A collage of Found Art from
Gabrielle in an Open Blouse, Auguste Renoir
Woman Combing her Hair, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Ballerine, Edgar Degas



Fab Wall

Fab Wall
Collage of digital art and photo by Zhem Behr


Imp

Imp
Collage of digital art, wood engraving and Arthur Rackham