Artist: Kareem Rizk
Title: Sunny Girls
Size: 120h x 90w x 4d cm (47.2h x 35.4w x 1.6d in)
Media: Acrylic paints, collage and gel transfers on canvas
Frame: Canvas mounted on a stretcher, ready to hang as is.
'Sunny Girls' as a new original artwork by Kareem Rizk an Australian born self-taught collage and mixed media artist now living and working in Denmark. Of this recent artwork the artist has written:
"This piece is about summer vibes, pure and simple. The image is one that I'd had in my collection for a while. I came across it again recently and felt like using it in an artwork. As I was playing around with how the image could work in a composition I also came across the typographic logo as a I was sifting through some of my collage materials. Marius Gram was a very old Danish clothing outlet which ceased operating some years ago. I felt that the two elements sat well together visually. The composition and idea was extremely simple from the beginning and it continued through to the final artwork. As the idea for the piece evolved it starting resembling a magazine cover. That's where I introduced the blue border to emphasise that appearance. Even though the image of the women on the beach is from the 70's, there's also a hint aesthetically towards the 80's/90's and synth wave."
Informed by his background in graphic design, his affinity for typography and his interest in re-purposing printed ephemera, Kareem’s highly-textured and multi-layered works evolve from an intersection where fine art and design cross over.
“As I explore the printed remnants of the promises of post-war culture and advertising, I reach for weathered elements and found imagery that resonate with me both on a visual and emotional level. My aim is to construct tactile representations of transitory feelings or visions that emerge as I sift through an ever growing collection of collage material. I allow my source material to present aesthetic directions in a process of cutting and pasting that is free flowing and immediate, but at the same time visually coherent and deliberate.
I arrange, rearrange, crop, cut, fold, tear, scratch and peel back selected pieces to find interesting connections that reveal an ongoing visual dialogue between graphic design and fine art. After every selected piece of collage is eventually glued down into place through a series of calculated movements, it is the viewer who ultimately completes the work by constructing their own individual stories based on what they observe.”
Please note the visual simulations of the artwork in a domestic setting included in the photo gallery are provided purely as a visual reference and may not be to scale. If you have a specific space in mind for the artwork, email us with the details and we can create a mock up of your space with this specific artwork to scale for you.