Mixed media turns heads by blending the best of all worlds. These works are often layered and rich in both form and process. Any work that utilizes more than one material can be considered a mixed media piece. And some types of art, like collage, assemblage, found object sculpture, and installation, are most commonly made with many different materials. But there is no limit to what mediums or materials will be combined to create a mixed media piece. We feature many of these types of artwork in our online catalog.
At Sparks Gallery, we exhibit an array of beautiful mixed media art pieces that offer a unique and dynamic sensory experience. These captivating works of art are designed to evoke a range of emotions as they skillfully blend materials and techniques to create vibrant, multidimensional compositions.
Mixed media art has the power to engage and encourage viewers to explore the intricate details, textures, and layers that reveal themselves upon closer inspection. As you take in the visual complexity of these pieces, allow yourself to be inspired by the innovative approaches taken by these local artists, and feel a sense of exhilaration and wonder at the boundless possibilities of creative expression.
Below is an overview of some of the incredible local artists featured at our gallery. Each summary provides a look at both their mixed media materials and their artistic approach.
Duke Windsor’s evocative mixed media paintings are a slice of old-fashioned American scenes. Sleepy neighborhood cityscapes and iconic American food are his primary subjects, blending materials such as gold leaf, metal, acrylic, wood, and hand drawings into each work.
Perry Vásquez uses a mixture of photography, typography, printmaking, oil painting, and pencil illustrations to create surreal visions. Each piece is like a glimpse of a distant dream. He also uses alternative processes, such as photo transfer, and in the past, even motor oil in his prints.
Annalise Neil continues to experiment with alternative process cyanotypes, using various layering techniques to breathe life into her artistic vision. She also uses watercolor and hand drawings to finalize each piece.
Debbie Korbel’s dramatic mixed-media pieces are a patchwork of fantastic and organic imagery. She creates eclectic creatures and characters with sculpted ceramic, found wood and metal.
Brennan Hubbell’s earthy, raw mixed-media pieces bring a new perspective to the process behind the work, pushing to the edge of the standard definition of what art can be. He uses primarily found and reclaimed materials, such as wood, steel, and everyday objects such as bike parts.
Kathleen Kane-Murrell’s original mixed-media pieces are typically floral compositions using watercolor, paper, and detritus under plexiglass. The painted images on the plexiglass appear to float above the background of the piece.
Lenore Simon’s work hearkens back to an older time, using pop sensibilities and a minimalistic approach, along with her masterful printmaking. She uses natural fiber, drawings, and multiple paint mediums.
Tiffany Bociek offers dreamy and nostalgic imagery encased in many layers of encaustic wax. She combines oil, rice paper, and gilded paint in this labor-intensive process.
May-Ling Martinez fuses paper collages with found objects and non-traditional materials for a stunning result. Her work uses pops of color and careful placement of imagery to craft unforgettable compositions.
ManRabbit uses a stunning array of patterns and color to create dramatic results. The collage technique, and unique blend of styles create layered, sparkly, dramatic portraits.
Cheryl Tall uses mixed-media as a way to share the story of her characters she creates. Layered photographs form the base of her paintings, and handmade mosaic tiles and found objects embellish her ceramic sculptures.
Christopher Polentz’s work is a showcase of tongue-in-cheek imagination and charm. Wood, acrylic, and found objects mix together to create stunning wall hanging pieces and sculptures.
Our highlighted mixed media artists also include, but are not limited to: James Hubbell, Optimus Volts, Kathleen Mitchell, Anna Stump, Levi Casias, Mary Buckman, Julia S. Rasor, and Sasha Koozel Reibstein.
If you have any questions about purchasing our mixed media art for sale, please visit our shop or reach out to our director. Please let us know if you want to purchase from an artist with unavailable work, as artists may have pieces that are in-progress.
What is Considered Mixed Media Art?
Mixed media art uses more than one medium. Mixed media artists often use a blend of materials to create the final result, and don’t constrain themselves to one medium for a piece. For example, an artist may use only oil paint to make a piece, or they could combine oils, marker, paper collage, spraypaint, etc. to achieve the finished product. The latter piece would be considered a mixed media work.
Mixed media art often uses multiple techniques as well. These techniques can include layering different kinds of paint (like acrylic, oil, or tempera), combining two dimensional and three dimensional media together, or using different photography processes. The mixed media techniques each artist uses depends on their style and personal preferences.
How Do You Price Mixed Media Art?
Mixed media art is generally priced by a few different factors. The cost of the materials, the size of the work, and the artist’s exhibition history and popularity are all details that can determine the final price.
Does Mixed Media Art Sell?
Mixed media art is very attractive to several demographics due to its eclectic style and unique look. Sparks Gallery matches clients to their perfect piece of art… one that compliments their aesthetics, or speaks to their hearts.
If you’re curious about purchasing mixed media art, please visit our gallery, explore our website, or reach out to our director. We’re happy to answer any questions.