Beatles - Original Collage on Canvas - 39 x 63 in. - Mixed Media Art by Michiel Folkers
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Michiel Folkers
Beatles - Original Collage on Canvas - 39 x 63 in.

2015

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This original piece of art is partly made up of street posters, collected from the walls of Amsterdam. A collage of teared street posters in combination with spray paint creates a richly-textured total. Afterwards acrylic and spray paint is applied to this work followed by application of a lacquer which gives the artwork a shiny finish. Michiel Folkers (Geiler) was born in 1982 in Zeist, a small place near Utrecht in The Netherlands. He started experimenting with graffiti in the late nineties. For years, he remained active spraying letters on walls. When he got older, and more ‘mature’ and tired of the fights that are accompanied with graffiti, he was looking for something else and slowly graffiti evolved in street art. Michiel was deeply inspired by festivals in Holland promoting their party’s often with eye-catching posters, pasted on walls. Interested in the graffiti layered above these posters most of the time, but also fascinated by the aesthetics of these posters, Michiel was always observing these ‘collage-walls’. When he saw work of Raymond Hains and Mimmo Rotella that same year, he was convinced to use collage with street posters as a standard for his new series of artworks. Today he is still using these kinds of street elements in his art. Michiel Folkers work is often made up of posters he collects from the murky walls of Amsterdam: “Sustainable art, and it gives an edgy and living character to the painting. Street posters are dirty, bleached and scratched most of the time, this always gives the artwork a living character, as if it’s a part of the street. From damaged festival posters to ‘find-my-cat-flyers’, everything with a nice colour-palette will be used.” Michiel likes to work with old street posters, he is also using other old material, like damaged brushes, blunt Stanley knives or other older (sometimes) broken tools. “By working with older tools the results are also more surprising and the creations are more unique than creating everything by the rules….” In addition of using posters Michiel still works with spray-paint and stencilling. Screen-printing is also commonly used technique in his work. ‘Actually I use every technique to make my canvas look like a city wall” Common themes in Michiel’s work are recognizable icons, mostly women, but also famous and non-famous comics. Amidst the chaos he always tries to find order in palette and placement, by working in raster and restricting his colour-use. “The chaos has to be friendly and quiet”. He always tries to make a whole new image with all the different elements. “I am always trying to force the viewer to see one image instead of seeing all the loose parts”. Besides, Michiel is often trying to use different colour combinations in most of his new work. “When you are an acrylic or oil painter, you go to an art supply store, you can think ahead what colours you will be using and combining, and you’ll buy them. The exciting part of my technique: I am forced to use colour combinations the streets will give me.”

Details

  • Artist
    Michiel Folkers (1982, Dutch)
  • Creation Year
    2015
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 39 in. x W 63 in.H 99.06 cm x W 160.02 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Birmingham, MI
  • Reference Number
    LU94113448101
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