Synopses & Reviews
One of many exhilarating artistic developments that took place during the early twentieth century, the fine art medium of collage emerged from the cubist gluing and pasting explorations of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. As a result of its experimental genesis, collage has continued to serve not only as a primary form of expression for many prominent artists, but as a principal means of evaluating and developing new creative strategies.
Conceived and written by renowned artist, author, and teacher Gerald Brommer, Collage Techniques first presents the medium within the context of a wide variety of materials, including washi (oriental and rice papers) and watermedia; stained, prepared, and found papers; photographs; and fabrics and fibers. Each category of material is examined through a step-by-step demonstration and works by artists who approach collage in original and refreshing ways. The latest trends in technologically enhanced collage, including such high-tech applications as multiple photocopying and digital scanning, are also discussed. The author then explores how the elements and principles of design are used in collage, and how they in turn are employed in all the major genre, including still life, landscape, the human figure, abstraction, and nonobjective imagery.
Beautifully illustrated with the work of more than eighty noted artists, including Edward Betts, Jae Carmichael, Margo Hoff, Katherine Chang Liu, and Fred Otnes, Collage Techniques is an essential reference for all artists and illustrators, regardless of their creative focus or choice of medium.
After teaching the collage process -- from cutting and tearing to overlaying and finishing -- the author demonstrates use of papers, photos, and fabrics.
About the Author
Gerald F. Brommer received his B.A. from Concordia Teachers College in Nebraska and his M.A. from the University of Nebraska. Distinguished by numerous awards, Mr. Brommer's work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in over 3,500 private and public collections. He is a life member (and former president) of the National Watercolor Society, the National Arts Club, and several other professional organizations. He has written many articles and books on art technique, including Watercolor and Collage Workshop, which is also published by Watson-Guptill. A resident of North Hollywood, California, Mr. Brommer teaches workshops throughout the United States and abroad.