AFTER HOGARTH – New Collages

The series of collages started with the discovery of a group of reproductions of 18th century engravings by William Hogarth. My parents bought the collection of binded prints in an antique shop a few years ago. I assume the reproductions were produced in the early 19th century. I am drawn to the vintage look of the engravings, but it is the subject matter of Hogarth’s work that is the most interesting.

“William Hogarth was a major English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist of the 18th century. His work ranged from excellent realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called ‘modern moral subjects’. Much of his work, though at times vicious, poked fun at contemporary politics and customs. Illustrations in such style are often referred to as Hogarthian.” – Wikipedia

The collages are hand-made and it combines the reproductions of Hogarth’s engravings with images from books and National Geographic magazines.

View more of my collage work on my website.

The Crowd. 2012. Collage. 20.5 x 20.5cm

The Cave. 2012. Collage. 20.5 x 20.5cm

The Bench. 2012. Collage. 34 x 28cm

The Dog. 2012. Collage. 34 x 28cm

Number 13. 2012. Collage. 34 x 28cm

Flesh. 2012. Collage. 34 x 28cm

(The collage Flesh was shown in pervious blog post, but I include it here again, as it was the starting point of the series. The engraving is part of the series titled Industry and Idleness produced in 1747.)

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17 comments

  1. Are these the work of Hogarth or are they yours? I guess they’re old fashioned enough to obviously be his, but the first one on top looks more modern, the clothes on the people especially. I’m confused.

  2. I like the bench collage :) Please come check out my blog @ http://thedailydoseofliterature.wordpress.com/

  3. These are so provocative because you have kept them simple. Very fine work!

  4. Great juxtapositions — they’re slightly jarring, but still beautiful in their own individual ways. Interesting work!

  5. I love “The Dog.” Hogarth’s work adds a nice, surreal creepiness.

  6. the crowd is really great! very real and surreal at the same time!

  7. I really love collage – and the use of Hogarth is fabulous! As a medium, I think collage is underrated, but work like this should help people to reevaluate!

  8. superb. love it. it really grabs your attention.

  9. nefny

    Terrific! Hogarth was a visionary (his paintings in the Soanes museum in London are exceptional). I think he would like how you have re-imagined his work.

  10. mark

    Awesome stuff!! Right up my alley! An inspiration to me when drastically needed after a sever injury……..

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