Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Summer Conversations", Nostalgic And Collectible Contemporary Collages By Connecticut Artist Mark Keigwin

Mixed Media Collages Called "Story Boards"

"Summer Conversations" is East Haven, CT's artist Mark Keigwin's latest exhibit which I caught while visiting the fabulous Guildford Art Center Craft Expo 2011. He calls some of his new work " Story Boards"s. I was lured into Mark's outdoor booth at the Craft Expo by the exciting pastel colors which anchor his mixed media graphic style collages.

Collages Using Updated Nostalgic Elements

At first I assumed that Mark was a talented graphic artist who was carefully composing collages from computer generated graphics. No, I couldn't have been more incorrect. Mark, a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League has a long history as a painter and Fire Artist. Upon a closer look at Mark's work and after a long discussion or "Summer Conversation" with the artist, I learned that all of the elements in his collages are created by his own hand and not reproduced.

Even the lettering shown in these wonderful examples of his nostalgic yet contemporary styled work is done with his own hand. Yes, I'll say it again, Mark did the lettering by computer.

Using Old Family Photos In Ar

The photograph images are originals from a family member's collection. All of the blocks of color are painted onto the wood support. Perhaps you thought that they were paper? No, Mark is a master of carefully ruled and composed pieces.

You can reach Mark Keigwin at 203-469-0872

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists

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