Folded Paper Paintings

The assignment was to think about what we did with paper and then construct an artwork of it.

For me, as a commercial artist, one of my favourite things to do with paper was to construct brochures with a surprise hidden within its folds. This Hotel Vancouver Christmas brochure featured a die-cut image of the hotel up against a red starry sky. When the brochure was opened an angel appeared on the inside panel. Hotel Vancouver Christmas card/brochure for 1990
Based on these folded brochures I took some 2-ply paper that was burgundy on one side and cream on the other and folded it. This front side was painted in stripes.Front of a folded piece of 2-ply paper that was burgundy on one side and cream on the other; this side was painted with acrylic stripesBack of the same folded piece showing the cream side.Back of a folded piece of 2-ply paper that was burgundy on one side and cream on the otherAnother folded artwork using the same two-sided paper – this one was strung together with coloured plastic twine.
Another mockup of a folded piece 2-ply paper that was burgundy on one side and cream on the otherThe next assignment was to take that paper piece and use it to inspire a 4′ by 8′ piece of art! Because the folded paper reminded me of some basalt rock formations on the highway to Whistler I did another mock-up which I decided should be two-sided mostly because the first pieces I did were two-sided.
Large (4' x 8') folded painting on Arches watercolour paper with additions of rusted wire and found metal.A detail of the final piece, done on a 4′ x 8′ piece of Arches watercolour paperDetail of Whistler Basalt Formation Painting

This Week’s Challenges: April 22 – 28 (OWPC, WW & CYW)

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