The colors, shapes, and designs of Bob Craig's artwork combine to create beautiful, imaginative creations. They are interesting to look at, with their many shapes and patterns working and blending together to achieve a whole...a gestalt. Craig's medium is collage, the art of bringing things from disparate places and "sticking" them together to create something greater than its parts. Craig earned the title Artist of Distinction in Still Point Art Gallery's current exhibition, Still Point III, with his three pieces, Goldfish, High Country Predator, and Rectilineal Wood. (High Country Predator is not shown here.)
The process of collage is well worth knowing and understanding, as it is, in a way, a metaphor for certain aspects of life. It is hard to miss the act of bringing things together to form something greater than its parts. It happens in life and it is indeed what collage is all about. Each collage piece begins with a pencil underdrawing, sometimes from a photograph, but more often from Craig's imagination. Then, the palette is assembled, consisting of pieces of color photographs, painstakingly clipped from the vivid pages of magazines. National Geographic Magazine is preferred because of the quality of the paper and the print. These pieces are sorted and grouped by hue and texture, then carefully cut into pieces of varying size--some as small as a fingernail--and applied to the backing with varnish. The piece may then be enhanced with acrylic paint, either sprayed or daubed on. The result is a complete reinterpretation of photographic surface, from which surprising new imagery emerges. This video provides a beautiful presentation of Craig's collage technique.
Craig describes himself as a Western Canadian artist whose path in the fine arts has led him to a unique expression of mood and color through collage and mixed media. He has explored numerous forms of art and craft--painting in watercolor and oils, pottery, sculpture, and bead-making, to name a few. He has also worked in art restoration and education. Craig thinks of himself as a craftsman--constructing or interpreting imagery and messages from his conscious and subconscious mind. As an adult Bob Craig has occasionally lived in altered perceptual states where reality has become magnified and the world has seemed as one giant harmonious gestalt. Craig's art is an effort to recapture the vivid nature of these encounters.
Crag's work has appeared in juried exhibitions in New Zealand, Italy, Canada, the United States and Switzerland, where he was awarded first prize in the mixed media free subject category at SEETAL 2006.
Goldfish. 18 x 24 inches, mixed media, $400.
Rectilineal Wood. 18 x 24 inches, mixed media, $400.
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Still Point Art Gallery
April 26, 2011