Collage Portraits by Annie Brandicourt

Every now and then I'll spot paper art on Instagram that simply stops me in my tracks. That was the case when I came across collage portraits of family, friends and pets that Annie Brandicourt creates with the simplest supplies - magazine pages, scissors and a glue stick - by referring to a photograph. Each one wows with expressive realism.

Paper Collage - Tate

Because I love to feature emerging talent, I wrote to Annie, a Michigan university student, to ask about her artistic path. I guessed that she is majoring in art and was curious to know if I was correct.

Magazine Collage - Isabelle

I am actually a social work major, but I do art for commission on the side, and as a much loved hobby. I began collaging in high school after taking a ton of art classes. I have always loved making things (sewing, drawing, painting, crafts, etc.) and am drawn to compiling images that tell a story.

Magazine Collage - Annie and Rami

At first I would make collages out of entire pictures, but soon started cutting the pieces smaller and smaller, so now I use them almost like paint to get shading and shadow. Derek Gores was, and still is, one of my main inspirations and role models as I began doing my own collages.

Magazine Collage - Laura

I really like to make actual things with art, especially physical things to use to decorate a room or space (for example, curtains, floor mats, pottery). I also like to draw, but collaging is more hands-on and stress relieving which I love. Each collage takes about 20-30 hours to complete.

Magazine Collage - Little Sister in Paris

Have you had the opportunity to exhibit your collages locally?

Magazine Collage - Monica
 
I exhibited my work first at my high school and then here in college at a local coffee shop. I also entered Art Prize this year which is a massive art show located all over the world, but specifically in Grand Rapids. While I did not win anything, it was an honor to be included as a participant.

Magazine Collage - in progress
 in progress

Are you able to fit art electives into your schedule?

Magazine Collage - Benny

I'm not taking any art classes, but my collaging serves as all the art time I could want! Especially now that I do commissions.

Magazine Collage - Couple

Where can people see more of your work?

Magazine Collage - Annie - Self Portrait

I don't have a website or a blog at this time, but loved blogging in the past and would like to begin again when I get the chance. Meanwhile, I post photos of my latest work and can be reached via Instagram where I am @collagearts101.

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Comments

  1. What a talent! Thank you for finding and sharing her work, Ann.

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  2. So glad you enjoyed the post, Maureen, thanks for your comment.

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  3. What beautiful pieces...thanks for sharing.

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  4. You're welcome, sc... thanks for your enthusiasm!

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  5. It's amazing what people can do with talent and paper! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. These are amazing! I live in Grand Rapids and go to Art PRize every year. I am not sure if I saw her entry (there are over 1700) but will try to see it if she enters again!

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  7. Good for you - finding such a talent!!! Her work is AMAZING!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  8. Her work is amazing!! I clicked on the ArtPRize web site to see some of the art entires and there was a quilled work done by Kimberly Woltz.

    Gail

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  9. So glad you all enjoyed seeing Annie's collages. Jean, I envy you being able to see ArtPrize in person each year. Gail, what did Kimberly quill?

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  10. It was a mandala design.

    Gail

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  11. Thanks Gail! Everyone, here is the link to Kimberly's quillwork: http://www.artprize.org/63188

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  12. Wow, these are amazing. Great style and what patience!

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