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Craig Upson’s Artist Portfolio
Craig Upson renders a portrait of the great British polymath and philosopher Bertrand Russell in patterns as complex as the man himself. First, Upson composes an image in black-and-white that draws on historical sources and his own hand-drawn embellishments. “I break this new composition into value regions—and create a map that will guide the collage assembly process,” wrote the artist. Each fragment becomes a texture.
“My current interest is textile imagery—as this adds a lot of texture and dilutes any single element’s visual weight. There is no ‘anchor’ element in my collages, as I tend to stay away from images that are too full of themselves—that are recognizable or are too visually or conceptually loaded.”
Craig Upson is a self-taught artist living in Berkeley, California. He works in sculpture, painting and collage: all with a figurative focus. With an academic background in the sciences, his artwork combines both digital and analog work: sometimes both within a single piece. His work has been shown at The Cornell Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York; The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC; New England Fire and History Museum in Brewster, Massachusetts; and Gallery 323 West in New York City, among others. Learn more at the Kolaj Magazine Artist Directory and on Instagram @craigupson.