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Artists sometimes can’t restrict themselves to one type of art, which means that you don’t have to either. Some artists do assemblages or collages, other artists use different types of material to create their art, while some use different types of paint or photography combined to demonstrate their mastery of technique. Mixed media can be a really effective way to branch out of your comfort zone, and look at art in a new way. We have many different examples of mixed media in our collection of art.

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Mixed Media as Biography

Artists who use mixed media as an art form often do mixed media representations of people, as shown here. Ruben Ireland, an artist from Cyprus, uses a blend of photography and painting for his art that depicts women. The artist uses stark photography and a blend of surreal images to create his art, which is mostly in black and white.

The artists at Naxart Studio use a blend of media to create abstract images of people with large lines of black and white and an abstraction of human figures, either by themselves, with another person, or with a family. The pictures can be seen as intimate portraits of the lives of others, depending on their positioning.

Susan Helen Strok uses different types of media to create realistic portraits of people, mostly women, in both real-life surroundings as well as whimsical or fantastical settings, with lush, bold uses of color.

Biographical mixed media allows people to look into the faces of different individuals as symbols representing human life and the human condition.

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Mixed Media as Mirror

In addition to the use of mixed media as an autobiography or biography of humans, mixed media can also be shown to be a capturing of a snapshot of society. Teddy Campagna’s use of colorful mixed media portrays many different subjects. For example, his painting “The Three Faces of Evil” demonstrates the problems with a society that does not see wrongdoing, does not hear wrongdoing and does not speak of wrongdoing, which means it becomes a society that is no longer effective. Some of the artist’s works are untitled, which allows each person to decide for themselves what the theme of the piece is. Campagna also has Matisse-like mixed media works that demonstrate human conditions, both good and bad. All of these works would add drama to any home.

Design Turnpike, in contrast, maps the human condition in metal and paint using typical factory or industrial designs to illustrate themes or logos of a country or a sports team. For example, the company has designed a map of the United States using license plates from each state. Sports team logos and themes of different cities are also represented. These mixed-media works illustrate the colorfulness and simplicity of Americana, and would find a place in many homes.

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Whether you like abstract art, or you enjoy more realistic portrayals of people and objects, mixed media art creates conversation and brings a colorful, multi-dimensional work into your home.

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