I love Swiss-style/mid century modern graphics. In the world of mobile Apps, on iOS there are a number of Apps that make designing these type of graphics easy, namely AddLib U and AddLib S. The developers have got the colour palette, geometric shapes and lines just perfect. On the Android platform, however, I’m sad to say that I have not found a similar App to write home about.
A while back, I blogged about AddLib U and AddLib S. For convenience, here are the links to these posts:
I came across the work of Kareem Rizk, an Australian artist transplanted to Denmark, Europe, quite by accident, as I was trawling Pinterest for examples of bird collages, for my own artistic endeavours. Kareem did indeed make bird-themed collages a few years, but the scope of his talent extends far beyond that.
But here are those bird collages that inspired me (thank you, Google Images):
Here I’m sharing Kareem’s Biography with you, taken from his webpage, as it provides an insight to what makes him tick, and describes his techniques and processes too:
Born 1982, Melbourne, Australia. Collage and mixed media artist, illustrator and designer. Living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. Graduate of Monash University with a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (2004).
Since his shift of focus to fine art and illustration in 2006 and his pursuit of developing his style, Rizk has been cutting and pasting his way towards a unique and contemporary style of collage and mixed media art that has earned him international recognition, as well as continuous success working with numerous galleries, fine art publishers and creative companies all around the world.
Collecting mostly old magazines and books but also scraps from torn billboards and street posters, discarded tickets, postcards, brochures and catalogues, Rizk has been sorting through op shops, flea markets, garage sales and city streets around the world to find the images and ephemera that have found their way into his very nostalgic and weathered collage and mixed media works.
Working mediums include collage, acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, solvent transfers and acrylic transfers. The work is highly textured and often multi-layered with a nostalgic and weathered quality. Rizk’s works can often be vibrant with colour, while others display a very refined or minimal palette. Working methods also extend to digital collage with a very gritty and realistic display of texture and layering. The digital work began as an experiment in blurring the line between handmade collage and digital collage.
Other work includes freelance illustration, graphic design and fine art commissions for various clients including art buyers and collectors, editorial publications, galleries, universities, the boutique fashion industry and the music and entertainment industry.
Exhibitions include solo shows and group shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane,
Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Miami, Vancouver, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, West Cork (Ireland), Stockholm, Zurich, Barcelona, Madrid and Milan. Rizk’s work has been published in numerous art magazines and books and his work is held in private collections worldwide.
And here are several examples of Kareem’s Swiss-style/mid century modern works (the last one shows the artist himself at an exhibition of his own work):
I also found this recent in-depth interview with Kareem Rizk, where the artist divulges his thought processes and techniques in great detail. Interesting reading for those of you who are as fascinated with this artist as I am.
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