Today, we feature collage artist John Turck. Most of us can say we dabbled in collaging when we were kids, but John’s work brings it to the next level. We love how his work seamlessly blends pop culture, nature, architecture and nostalgic symbols of the past. One of his aims is to create handmade collages that look as if they were done in Photoshop. We certainly think he has achieved that. Some of his pieces truly look like digital art. Read on to learn more and see some awesome pieces!
: My name is John Turck, I’m 35 years old and I live in Manhattan. I graduated from Miami of Ohio with a degree in Fine Art in 2001. Aside from photography and a little bit of painting, I wasn’t really creating any artwork for a while. In late 2012 I started to spend time creating collage work and I decided that I was going to dedicate myself to it. I’ve been making collage art ever since and sharing it online almost everyday.
: All of my work is handmade. Most of my time is spent collecting collage materials from books and magazines. I’ll cut them up in advance, and then file them away. I try to stay organized so that I can find the right pieces when I need them. I don’t always have a concept in mind when I start, usually I’ll lay out a few key images that I’d like to work with for the day, and then I’ll play around with different combinations until I find what I feel will be the absolute best fit.
: Are there any messages that you try to convey in your work?
: I’m interested in Pop Art and Surrealism. My primary goal is to combine the images until I find the perfect fit. I want to make a handmade collage that appears like it was done in photoshop – where the coloring, shapes, lighting, everything just fits and works well together. In the process of combining these elements, each piece will take on it’s own life and a scene or story will start to emerge.
: I’ve been on Society6 for a year and a half, it’s great to have a space to sell my art. They make it pretty easy. I love that in addition to prints, I’m able to offer lots of other cool products – phone cases, t-shirts, tote bags, etc..
I sold my first shower curtain the other day, I thought that was pretty cool. Especially since the image is of a giant psychedelic frog, that’s the first thing that person sees everyday!
It’s also been a great place to see & meet other artists and form this little online community.
: My advice would be to set goals for yourself and to work hard. For a collage artist, it really helps to stay organized.
Also to get on Society 6, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instragram, Etsy, Facebook, and every other site.
Society 6: http://society6.com/turckart