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Selected Works on Paper from Our Marketplace

  • Waswad - Meeting the invisible in space (detail), 2017
April 18, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Ever since it was invented, paper has served as a support for an extraordinarily diverse body of work. Initially a base for a variety of manuscripts and prints only, artists started incorporating it in their practice to develop drawings to explore ideas for their paintings and sculptures.

At the beginning of the 20th-century, paper became the medium itself through the work of iconic artists who first used it to explore the possibilities of collage. Throughout decades, paper as a medium endured for the freedom and immediacy it afforded, giving rise to contemporary works that demonstrate an inventive amalgamation of materials and techniques. Encompassing a diverse range of media, from drawing and painting to collage and beyond, works on paper offer an insight into the artist’s creative process.

We present you ten works on paper that can be part of your collection right now.

Featured image: Waswad – Meeting the invisible in space (detail), 2017. All images courtesy of their respected galleries.

  • Diego Rivera - Hills of Cordoba, 1931

Diego Rivera - Hills of Cordoba, 1931

An iconic Mexican artist, Diego Rivera is best known for his large murals and frescos, in which he portrayed sceneries from Mexican culture and political and social prospects. His works reflect on capitalism, consumerism and mass production that swallows the rights of a common worker.

Created in 1931, this watercolor on paper shows the hills that surround Córdoba, the capital of the Argentine province of the same name.

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  • Hildegarde Handsaeme - Maurice, 2018

Hildegarde Handsaeme - Maurice, 2018

A Belgian artist, Hildegarde Handsaeme mainly paints women, following a harmonic and constructively perfect pattern. Using a set of straight lines, Hildegarde builds a mysterial haze of inner feelings on the canvas in a simple but penetrative way. In her work process, the artist is guided simpl

Representing a dog, the piece Maurice from 2018 demonstrates the artist’s search for a perfect balance with pure lines.

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  • Clio Newton - Turn, 2017

Clio Newton - Turn, 2017

A talented American artist, Clio Newton is known for her large-scale portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. Her larger-than-life portraits capture near photographic details of her subjects’ faces, hair, and bodies. In her pieces, she continues to capture the essence of the people it features and the attention of the people who view it.

The work Turn from 2017 is lifelike, expressive and poignant as the rest of Newton’s oeuvre. It demonstrates the flawlessness of her skill.

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  • Robert Longo - Study of the Capitol

Robert Longo - Study of the Capitol, 2012

An acclaimed American painter and sculptor, Robert Longo is known for his epic narrative strength. Having profound ability to depict complex psychological states, his work strikes a balance between the very personal and the socially charged, reflecting the world we live in today.

A charcoal and ink drawing on vellum, the work Study of Capitol from 2012 depicts a highly polarizing national symbol. In Longo’s drawing of this historic building, the immutable monumentality of the U.S. Capitol image is particularized by subtle variations in the molding above each of the building’s windows and by their individual curtains.

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  • Yang She Wei - Bikini No. 4, 2008

Yang She Wei - Bikini No. 4, 2008

Using the ink and color technique, Chinese artist Yang She Wei creates works that question the ever-present dilemmas of modern society. In times in which we live, what the eye sees does not always tell the true story. In his work, the artist investigates the narratives behind the visual, encouraging the viewer to find the truth hidden in the deeper meaning.

In his Bikini Series, the artist takes on the role of narrator, exploring the negative effect of family and societal pressure on an individual. Expected to always achieve more in terms of education, employment, friendships and love life, the individual turns into “an embarrassment in an outwardly confident lady and bitterness in a seemingly sweet nature”.

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  • Waswad - Meeting the invisible in space, 2017

Waswad - Meeting the Invisible in Space, 2017

A Ugandan contemporary and multidisciplinary artist, Waswad experiments with his style, depicting human figures, architecture, cars or more recently dreamscapes. His works are largely inspired by design, nature, music and fantasy, creating a completely new language. He is known for creating his own world Elephania that sketches a storyline in which his entire work merges in one.

The present work fits into the Elephania narrative, referring to its dreamy concept that alerts and addresses the contrast with reality.

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  • Hom Nguyen - Série Hidden, 2016

Hom Nguyen - Série Hidden, 2016

Showing his artistic skill over large-scale canvases, Hom Nguyen creates paintings and drawings that display the complexity of emotions and nuances of character. Through his portraiture, he is known for conveying the very essence of humanity. He is primarily concerned with emotion and character nuances that he skillfully portrays.

The work Série Hidden from 2016 is part of his series of self-portraits. Addressing the duality of the visible and the invisible, he pushes each one of us to reflect on what we show ourselves and what we try to hide.

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Mr. Brainwash - Einstein, 2016

Mr. Brainwash is an urban artist and a self-proclaimed filmmaker. He is not physically involved in the creation of his pieces, but rather provides ideas and guidelines for his creative team. Realizing his creations strongly emulate the styles and concepts of Banksy, a number of critics have speculated that he is an elaborate prank staged by the anonymous street artist.

Appropriating images from a wide range of sources, from art history to entertainment and consumer culture, Mr. Brainwash subverts their typical meanings and associations through his alterations and juxtapositions. In the work Einstein from 2016, he depicted the figure of the acclaimed scientist holding a sign “Love is the Answer”, surrounded by a number of popular culture references.

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  • Audrey Stone - NB. 71, 2012

Audrey Stone - NB. 71, 2012

Audrey Stone is an artist known for creating ink, paper and thread artwork that explores the relationship between lines angles and colors. Through her practice, she examines what defines the line. Fascinated with geometrical forms, she creates an array of colorful angular art pieces that captivate in their simplicity.

Using thread, she creates lines that give a dimension and sculptural element to her work, casting shadows and revealing space between it and the paper. In the work NB. 71 from 2012, the artist stayed from the use of constant parallel lines of earlier drawings, breaking down with the grid and using angles and random patterns.

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  • Mr. Jago - Run the Line

Mr. Jago - Run the Line

A veteran of the street art and design community, Mr. Jago turned his interest to more abstract colorful paintings. Rejecting strict rules, shapes and norms, he created his signature style which emphasizes the problems of warfare, biosphere, and climate change that surround us.

The work on paper Run the Line is created in his recognizable style characterized by the leisure flow of paint.

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