Monday, February 13, 2012

Inspiration Monday: Robert Courtright

When we visited the Art Museum of Myrtle Beach last spring, they had an exhibit of the works of Robert Courtright's collage constructions and masks. This was a traveling exhibit mounted by the South Carolina State Museum of a highly regarded South Carolina artist.  I think I was drawn to his work by its use of color.

Collage RC009 - Robert Courtright

These are simple constructions of squares of painted paper, mounted to a wood panel. The paper is hand-made and the paint laid to create the texture in each square. Printmaking techniques appear too in text and collograph.

Collage Construction (Joyce Series) - Robert Courtright

I am also attracted to his older (1950s) architectural collages where he used pieces of newspaper and other paper to essentially draw cityscapes and buildings in Europe. Though all of his works are very linear and somewhat expected, they place you a bit out of your comfort zone. His works inspire me to do the same.

Porta San Lorenzo, Rome - Robert Courtright

(All images are the works of  Robert Courtright.  Check out the book Robert Courtright: Collages, Collage Constructions and Masks, 1953-2008 to see more of his works or click on the links above. The works featured on Inspiration Monday are those that I enjoy and I have not been compensated in any way to include them on my blog.)

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