Carme Magem combines collage and painting to make stunning recreations of grand masters and touching portraits of friends, places and famous faces..
I was initially drawn to Magem's reproduction of classic paintings, seeing her version of Girl with a Pearl Earring brought a well known image to life in a new way. The text on the pages incorporated into the collage adds so many layers. The recreations are authentic yet still very individual and clearly by a new artist.
Carme Magem brings new life to famous faces, but I think her work capturing friends and places are more tender and expressive. She captures elements of her subjects character which translate through the works. The subtle use of paint and collage tell a myriad of stories.
Seeing her work up close increases the experience as you can see the layers, the way the images gain depth and tone.