Thursday, August 21, 2014

Mixed Media Collages - Baye Hunter

Baye Hunter's distinctive collages caught my eye... they are featured in a show titled Bikes, Butterflies & Birds through September 1 at Rectory Gallery on Ward's Island, just offshore from Toronto, Canada. Baye works with Japanese paper, hand-printed tissues, and magazine pages.

Blue-Jay-Collage

The subject matter is inspired by the Toronto Islands where she lives. I was interested to learn that the islands are a popular tourist destination and the largest car-free urban community in North America... needless to say, bicycling is common there.

bike-collage

Not only does Baye bike in the Toronto vicinity, but she has ridden extensively in Europe, Asia, and western Canada. She has studied art and is a photographer, watercolor artist, ESL teacher, and web designer - a busy person with varied interests that inform her art.

monarch-collage

To create a collage, Baye first draws an image, then chooses papers collected over time that correlate with the subject matter and colors she has in mind.

birch-tree-winter-collage

birch-trees-collage 
These are combined with hand-printed tissue paper onto which she stamps patterns and adds a color wash. She applies the papers to a backing paper which is then cut or torn into pieces. Each piece is adhered to the drawn image, and lastly, a color-softening paint wash is applied.

cardinal-collage

 See more of Baye's art on her website.

owl-collage


6 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these are amazing! I especially love the first one.

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  2. The butterfly looks so pretty!!

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  3. Wow, love all the Birds. That Owl stole my heart. :)
    When I went to Malaga , Spain last year I saw an artist who used this technique. She did a whole street scene of the shops, houses and street by ripping different papers from magazines and newspapers .and gluing them down.

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    1. That sounds great, Norma, thanks for sharing.

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