The Hidden Story

Black Pages III: It’s a gay little sign that says, “Here you’ll have fun” by Guy Vording
14.2″x9.8″; watercolor pencil on paper; 2018. Courtesy of the artist.


Guy Vording’s Artist Portfolio
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Vording’s technique is somewhere between collage and decollage where the fragments are embedded in the substrate and the extraneous material is blocked by the black markings. In doing this, Vording changes the original story and tells a new one. “I’m fascinated by forgotten, old stories and try to bring them back into my pieces,” he writes. “I always take one page and that is it. Everything I want to create has to happen on that page I’ve chosen. But I’m always searching for a hidden story that I can bring back to life.”

A portfolio of Vording’s work appears in Kolaj #31. To see the complete Artist Portfolio, SUBSCRIBE to Kolaj Magazine or Get a Copy of the Issue.

Black Pages III: They assure satisfaction by Guy Vording
14.2″x9.8″; watercolor pencil on paper; 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Guy Vording studied Visual Design and Communication at the Cibap Vocational College for the Creative Arts and holds a BFA with honors from the HKU University of Arts. Since 2012, his work has been shown extensively in solo and group shows across Europe and in Brazil. He was the recipient of a 2015-2016 Emerging Artists Stipend from the Mondriaan Fund and a 2017-2018 Development Grant from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. His work is held in numerous national and international private collections and in public collections, including the Luciano Benetton Art Collection, AKZO Nobel Art Foundation, and the Sanquin Bloodbank in Amsterdam. The artist lives and works in Amsterdam. Learn more at