Collage Art Magazine reimagines vintage ads in surreal illustrations

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Creating a collage allows an artist to recontextualize something, to give it new meaning beyond its original intent. Artist Shane Wheatcroft mixes and rearranges vintage advertisements and editorial publications into new and often more mysterious meanings. Some of his most striking pieces merge portraiture with seemingly disparate symbols of interior spaces, household items, and beyond. The results are an alluring combination of the past from a contemporary perspective, remixed with surrealism in mind.

Wheatcroft’s collages offer insight into the psyches of the people he depicts. In many of these images, the person’s hair and clothing are left intact; it is the facial features that have been replaced by the image of someone turning on the television or waiting to serve a cup of tea. Every set of cutouts is different, but there’s one constant throughout. An eye of the person it represents always remains, indicating to the viewer that we are looking into the character’s mind’s eye.

Steeped in symbolism, there are several ways to read one of Wheatcroft’s collages. He does, however, offer insight into the meaning of one of his recent favorites titled Time waits behind the scenes. “This piece is about the process of aging,” he tells My Modern Met, “when you still feel like you’re 18, but you look in the mirror and you’re not anymore, and you feel ask where the time has gone. It’s loosely inspired by the song “Time” by David Bowie. A lot of my ideas are triggered by the music and the lyrics, especially Bowie as I’ve been listening to it almost non-stop since I was a kid .

Scroll down for more works by Wheatcroft. You can buy his collages on Artfinder.

Artist Shane Wheatcroft gives new meaning to vintage magazine graphics with his surreal collage art.

Vintage Collage Art by Shane Wheatcroft

“Time Waits Behind the Scenes”

Collages by Shane Wheatcroft

Some of his most striking pieces merge portraiture with seemingly disparate symbols of interior spaces, household items, and beyond.

Collages by Shane Wheatcroft

The results are an alluring combination of the past from a contemporary perspective, remixed with surrealism in mind.

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Wheatcroft’s collages offer insight into the psyches of the people he depicts.

Vintage Collage Art by Shane WheatcroftVintage Collage Art by Shane Wheatcroft

Every set of cutouts is different, but there’s one constant throughout.

Vintage Collage Art by Shane WheatcroftVintage Collage Art by Shane Wheatcroft

An eye of the person it represents always remains, indicating to the viewer that we are looking into the character’s mind’s eye.

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