Original Artwork On Paper
Paper in artwork is combined with a broad range of techniques: from print, charcoal or pencil drawings and collages, to watercolor, oil, and acrylic, mixed media, and so on.
Since its invention in 2nd century China, paper has been used as a matrix for a wide array of works - both artistic and other. By the 15th century, paper production was well established in Europe, and was ubiquitously used for the production of manuscripts and print work. Great artists of the time, such as Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, would use paper mainly to sketch studies and preparations for their paintings and sculptures, a practice that stayed has stayed widely in use. By the time the 20th century rolled around, modernist artists began using paper not merely as support, but as the medium itself too. Cubist painters such as Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso used snippets and fragments to explore the art of collage. Contemporary works on paper feature an inventive amalgamation of techniques and materials, such as drawing over prints and interspersed collage elements with painting.
The approachability of the medium, the almost intimate quality it has, and the nostalgic tangibility of paper in our increasingly digital age are no doubt factors contributing to the increasing popularity of works on paper at art fairs and among collectors.
Artyish features a wide array of artwork on paper: