Featured Artist Daniel Voelker

Artist Daniel Voelker uses charcoal and printmaking techniques to create fascinating abstract collages. View more of his portfolio by visiting his website.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“High Above the Trees” Collage on Board, 18” x 24” x 1”

 

For the last decade I’ve explored the world of collage using various media sources which I create myself. I consider collage a language, and find interest in how individual pieces come together to convey a story.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Running out of places to hide” Collage on Board, Charcoal, 16” x 16” x 2”

 

I have always loved using charcoal and explored the depths of it with my earliest work.

 

Abstract figurative charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Facing the Storm” Collage on Board, Charcoal, 18” x 24” x 2”

 

It is a difficult medium to work with. It’s dusty, smears easily, stains the paper and is an exercise in patience to keep white spaces white; but I love its ability to have deep dark lines, endless gradients of gray, and the feel of direct connection to the paper.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Convincing them you are a ghost” Collage on Board, Charcoal, 18” x 24” x 2”

 

My Three Dreams Deep series utilizes my own charcoal drawings as source material for the collage work.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“I promised you a garden” Collage on Board, Charcoal, 24” x 18” x 2”

 

I developed a process to fix the charcoal to paper to ensure its reliability as a medium for collage. The drawings are cut and arranged, layer after layer until a finished work emerges.

 

Abstract figurative charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Vagabond” Collage on Board, Charcoal, 18” x 24” x 1”

 

Many of the works in the series have a white oval or circle framing the piece (which is also collaged). To me these are portals. You are looking through a window of sorts to another world and catch a glimpse of something on the other side.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Zala Falls” Collage on Board, 18” x 24” x 1”

 

My most recent series, Lost and Found, combines my passion for making monoprints and collage.

 

Abstract figurative charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“King Circumstance” Collage on Board, 14” x 11” x 1”

 

After making the prints with ink or paint, I cut and collage them into complex layers with intersecting lines and spaces. My work involves an automatic improvisational process of placing pieces on a board, then specific intentional edits to bring forth the work.

 

Abstract charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Ashes and Debris” Collage on Board, 18” x 24” x 1”

 

I rarely have a preconceived idea of what to make. Rather, I let the pieces show me how they want to be arranged.

 

Abstract figurative charcoal collage by Daniel Voelker

“Antenna” Collage on Board, 14” x 18” x 1”

 

I offer my originals for sale as well as giclée reproductions in various sizes and media including paper, canvas, acrylic and metal.

 

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