"Virgin and Child with Saints (Vision of Saint Jerome)", collage on board, 8.5x9" (framed), Charlie Kirkham 2016.

Vision of Saint Jerome

I started this after the Parmigianino in the National Gallery. The shape was a challenge, especially when I decided to use glue dot backed rhinestones. Fortunately, the rhinestones left over from the enormous Esther Collage came in a variety of sizes, so I got a good fit on the semi circle. Although I’m sure the other devotees of Parmigiannino would be horrified at my homage the collage is in no way intended to replicate the original. Like all the other pieces I’m working on inspired by the National Gallery’s collection, it has been a way of exploring composition. It’s also helping me…

"Study in Silhouette", black paper collaged onto coloured paper, 14x9", Charlie Kirkham 2015.

Paper Cut Silhouette

I started thinking about turning the Dice and Adicia ink on paper studies into papercuts. This was my first attempt at making a figure in black paper on coloured paper. There is a certain charm to the crude cutting here. It convinced me that more work is needed to get a series of them off the ground and that perhaps the printing direction is going to have more longevity to it. So, with that in mind I’ve begun cutting out the collograph plates for the series, which I will get up once they’re  done.

"The Red Tree" 420x594mm, collage on card, Charlie Kirkham 2013.

The Red Tree

Based on the Treemen studies in my sketchbook I started to explore the seasons via Papercut collage. Each part is hand cut. It’s a very time consuming process, especially when working on this larger A2 scale. This collage has an element of line drawing (the black lines on the central tree) which was added using paint marker. Using the different papers means it’s really possible to explore different textures. The main trunk of the tree is created with craft tapes in various patterns mixed with a semi-transparent art paper. I used a lot of polka-dotted double-sided origami papers for the…

Red Tree Label

I enjoy working with materials to see their properties. This is a large sketchbook piece based on mock croc skin red paper. Using the paper as the guide I coloured in the tree with paint pens. Exploring pop ups, labels and interactive book qualities I added the label. I love creating pieces you can interact with and change. This study went on to develop into the intricate Papercut collage Red Tree.

Zoro the Lobster

Working with collage has been fun. It’s given me a chance to explore the materiality of the paper a lot more and to find themes in new ways. I added the mask to this little lobster and used an old envelope to give him somewhere homelike under the sea. The motif of the pineapple decoration, from the Masked Ball collage series also comes into play. Using junk mail, handmade paper, old work, recycling pieces and handouts and combining it all with origami papers gives an eclectic feel. What I have enjoyed a lot is using bits of text just as tonal…

ING Discerning Eye 2014

I’m delighted to have had three pieces accepted from the Open Submission for the 2014 ING Discerning Eye exhibition. The Discerning Eye annual exhibition is a show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. Work is selected from open submission and from artists invited by the individual selectors. Each selector’s section is hung separately giving the impression of six small exhibitions within the whole. Running from the 13-23 November at the Mall Galleries, London. Here are my three pieces.