It’s likely when you think of “mixed-media” you think of an artwork that combines a variety of painting and drawing materials, perhaps some collage, and maybe a few “found” materials that might correspond to the theme and appearance of the picture. This is correct, except that mixed-media can also take many other forms and appearances, some of which you may not have even considered or heard of. As a general principle, mixed-media is exactly that, a mixing of art or non-art media into a composite that takes on the qualities of a unique or one-of-a-kind artwork. It is intrinsically abstract in appearance, simply because the artist is using things that do not usually go together to represent something realistically. However, mixed-media art can certainly address a theme or a unifying principle such as the box art above seems to suggest some kind of a nest or habitat for storage of strange and exotic birds, bones and other natural accumulations. In the following posts, I have assembled a large number of examples of “mixed-media” artworks. Most all of these have been taken from Pinterest, which can be easily searched for countless more boards and images. I haven’t included artist’s credits on this blog with the pictures, as many don’t include an artist’s credit on Pinterest, but you can access info from the images on my board at: https://www.pinterest.com/olegosipoff/mixed-media-art/
Note: I have put the artwork I have posted into categories according to materials used. Each category includes several examples.
Spray painting can be an additional technique added to an artwork in progress, or can be a stand-alone technique such as those pictured below.
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The following set of slides are few examples of altered and reapropriated materials that are held together sometimes by paint, moldelling paste, paint, glue, wire, string, etc. Creative artists working in mixed media can always find uses for discarded materials that can be re-appropriated into their artwork.
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paint injected into bubble wrap
installation of books
The following set of slides are pictures of mixed-media work on paper, or made of paper. Collage is the most common form assembled from disparate pictures and text from various sources, sometimes offering a representation of something such a the shoe below, and sometimes just abstract shapes, colors and marks such as some of the later examples here. It’s also worth noting that some papers and magazine pictures can be re-appropriated as a drawing surfaces creating a fresh new look to a more traditional media. In some cases, paper can be folded, crumpled, torn or burned to create special effects.
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New uses for old books
The following slides are images of artwork of famous and not so famous artists, installed in museums, galleries, outdoor settings, transit stations, churches, as well as school classrooms. Many are hung from ceilings and others are free-standing. All of them combine various and non-traditional media and materials to engage the viewers in challenging ways.
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Earthworks is a category of mixed-media that relies on using natural materials and assembling them into forms of the artist’s conception. It is also a non-destructive and environmentally conscious means of creating art that simply disappears back into the natural environment. The most famous exponent of this method of work is the Scottish artist, Andy Goldsworthy.
Andy Goldsworthy at work.
You might be familiar with the piece he did for the deYoung museum based on the San Andreas faultline.
This piece was done by an artist who used colorful stick on labels throughout a room.
These artists have used found materials assembled into boxes and frames, along with painting and drawing. Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell.
Mixed-media box art assemblage
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