I feel that collage is the best tool for an artist nowadays to visualize in 2 dimensions the message that he or she wants to convey from his or her mind to the viewer. Collage is a composition of images and we live in the age of images; we communicate through images and our brain is adapting in order to faster decode the symbolism behind them. Through technology, we have access to unlimited images–old or new, rare or popular, distant or very close–and the tools to create, in a digital or analogue form, a detailed composition of our opinion on a subject.
But collage is also the snapshot of a dream. It operates beyond time and space, but keeps a link with current events. Size and colour serve the optimal transmission of the message and not the realistic attribution of the artwork. It uses the language of symbolism, which is primordial, universal and knows no borders and inequalities. So we have a means of artistic expression which is direct, fast and relies more on the artist’s sensitivity, judgement and aesthetic and less on the complicated techniques of expression that are included in the traditional aspects of fine art. A collage artist can operate on a mental level and, with simple tools, compose and reshape fragments of reality in order to create a mosaic of images totally dedicated to the message of her or his artwork. In conclusion, I would like to say that the true value of collage is that it has the ability to train our thinking skills in a way that no other form of art can and will. To be a great collage artist means that you are a great thinker first of all. And you must be, because 80 percent of the artistic process takes place in your mind. A thinker who is sensitive enough to judge what is important and what is not, who is a seeker of what is unique rare and different, who is a composer who gives a sense of unity to all these diverse elements and, finally, who is an artist who gives birth to this mental process.
George Boya, based in Greece, is a freelance collage artist and illustrator. He studied Interior Design, Art Conservation & Restoration. His artworks blur the lines between collage, painting, stained glass techniques and photography. He visually deconstructs parts of the real world that we normally think of as stable in order to create new, balanced collage compositions. For the past 10 years, he participated in solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
He accepts commissions for ad campaigns, book covers and interiors, press and magazines, as well as private commissions.