Abstract Artist Repurposes Old Paintings Into Vibrant Collages

Abstract Artist Repurposes Old Paintings Into Vibrant Collages


These abstract paintings by Joe Gegan are fantastic. They come from a place of intuition and honest inspiration. Many of them are created through the repurposing of old paintings as collages. The works are almost bottomless in their depth. It’s the kind of work one could stare at for hours, dissecting and re-dissecting, feeling one thing and then another.

Gegan, a Californian native, studied at the University of California, Davis and acquired his MFA from Boston University. Some of his mentors included the acclaimed artists, Wayne Thiebaud and John Walker. We’re very proud to feature a selection of his paintings here.

I find painting to be a physical way of thinking, an internal discourse made concrete. Recently, I have been using the breaking down of old paintings, both my own and those of other artists, and repurposing them through collage. The action of this decay is psychologically penetrating and allows for interesting new associations, both personal and formal. – Joe Gegan

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© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

© Joe Gegan

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