Three Unusual, Unforgettable Collage Faces By GA Gardner
Throughout his art career, GA Gardner has done many faces and portraits through the use of his mixed media collage paintings. His work has been made into limited edition prints and has been used on contemporary Caribbean home goods. Here are three innovative and memorable portraits created by artist GA Gardner:
1) Hope For Haiti. After creating Elements of Hope of the then-president-elect Barack Obama, GA wanted to create a similar project to raise awareness for the people of the Republic of Haiti during the 2010 earthquake. GA was inspired by the photo of this boy, who, in the myths of all this devastation is wide-eyed and smiling as he looks in hope's direction. The image contrast wonderfully with this devastating act of God. The colors of the Haitian flag bathes him and the map of the region defines this face. He looks away...there will be hope for Haiti.
3) GA Gardner Portrait: While on a residency in Shanghai China GA began collecting materials that could one day be used for his mixed media collage paintings. He would often visit the art stores to acquire unusual materials such as cork sheets and various forms of plastic printed sheets. He also collected many tourist road maps from Shanghai. GA who did not speak or read the native language was often hand maps with Chinese scripted characters useless in helping him navigate the city. After returning to the USA, GA began using the raw materials he collected in his collages. One of the images he created with this material was a self-portrait. One side of the face is created from painting on Shanghai roadmaps and the other is created from a large piece of painted cork. The road map creates an unusual modern texture to the face and the painted cork helps to ground the other side of the face. GA created many self-portraits but this is one of his most striking self-portraits.
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