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Reclaimed Materials - Recycled Art

Reclaimed Materials - Recycled Art

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Renaud Delorme (1970 - )



Using the iconography of celebrity culture combined with reclaimed materials Renaud Delorme uses a two part process to introduce a fresh take on contemporary portraiture. Firstly he applies outlines of his chosen portraits onto transparent pixelglass in progressive fashion. These bold vertical lines merge to replicate the person they are to resemble. Once the dark black outline has been transposed onto this transparent material it is placed onto a wooden container, which is filled with various recycled items. These are arranged by colour to achieve the overall aesthetic feel of the piece. Delorme’s interesting use of materials compliment the striking images he recreates with strong appeal.   

Born in Maresille, France. Delorme was recently featured at the London Art Fair where his work was available for purchase at £14,000.




Zac Freeman (1972 - )

Zac Freemen’s work has the ability to transfix its viewer when viewing from afar, whilst bemusing from up close. His work is instantly recognisable from a certain distance with so much clarity it is shocking to see what materials merge to form the image when approached nearer.


The tonal value that he is able to achieve with the varying items utilised is astounding. The sheer volume of items used to create such a detailed portrait is truly remarkable & lends to keep the viewer exploring each piece up close endlessly. Each item carries its own individual energy, which in turn forms part of the overall purpose of the piece. Often referred to as assemblage art due to the method used his depictions of the human face convey such detailed emotion with their piercing gaze.   



The artist challenges himself to communicate through visual representation placing 3-dimensional art within the sphere of a proposed 2-dimensional world. Florida based Freeman also had a presence at this years London Art Fair where his work was available for purchase in the region of £16,000.




Jane Perkins - (1948 - )

A pioneer in the use of reclaimed materials within art, Jane Perkins uses many found items, which she reworks to create some amazing 3 Dimensional portraits. Initially beginning her studies within textiles it is clear to see this influence in her work although she now works entirely with plastics. Her work is intriguing to view from the side, viewing the inner makeup of each piece. Each creation becomes clear to the viewer only when positioning yourself directly in front of the work. This adds greater depth to her art, which is perceived to be different from each angle viewed.


Perkins recreates some of the most celebrated art works through her methods & has replicated versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa & Claude Monet’s Water Lillies as well as famous portraits of the Queen, Nelson Mandela & Barak Obama.


Sayaka Kajita Ganz


Japanese born Sayaka Kajita Ganz takes the world of reclaimed materials into the genre of sculpture as she captures the natural world. Animals such as Horses, birds such as Eagles & a selection of fish & insects are actively depicted in motion.  This fluidity of movement ensures her pieces contain a raw energy & a living existence. This takes on a deeper significance when aware of Ganz’s attitude to this approach. A descendant of Japanese Shinto beliefs, which attaches a spiritual value to all objects & organisms regardless of substance provokes a sympathy & a duty to recycle these items that would otherwise be discarded.

Sayaka Kajita Ganz’s sculptures also comment on relationships expressing the notion that even when conflict arises there is a way for all pieces to fit together. She states, “We do not have to fit together perfectly with the people we love”. “Even if you see a wide gap in some places & small holes in others, when one steps back & sees the whole from a distance there is still great beauty”...







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