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Lola Dupré: Meticulous Collages of Surreal Scenery

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At first glance, many may assume that Lola Dupré’s work is digital, but a closer look leads to a surprising discovery – in fact, patiently and determinedly she creates carefully crafted collages.  Irrespective of the mediums she uses, her works are captivating and intriguing.

"Vein" by Lola Dupré, paper collage

The intricate distortion in Dupré’s work is all done by hand: scissors, PVA glue, and imaging. Lately, most of the collage work has been produced digitally with various software available and an abundance of imagery online. Collaging, it turns out, hasn’t been abandoned by all, and the digital exposure allows young artists to share the process and end-results on Instagram. Dupré’s followers are showered with detailed and visually appealing shots of her work desk and various parts of a complicated process.

"Vein" by Lola Dupré, paper collage
"Vein" by Lola Dupré, paper collage

Lola Dupré has lived and worked in art studios across Europe and worked with mediums like photography, sculpture, and animation, but all roads eventually led to collage. The self-taught artist remembers playing with fuzzy felt as a kid and “Remembered loving the quick juxtapositions that were possible.” It has, without a doubt, paved a way for her to understand texture, and how it conveys the very same feelings in her work.

"Vein" by Lola Dupré, paper collage

Cutting Edge

The 36-old visual artist hails from Scotland where words were always something that she tried to paint with in her youth. In the years that followed, her creativity and the quirky mind-boggling distortions that flow from her pieces opened doors for her collaborative work with Nike Basketball, Penguin Classics and Time Magazine. By using tiny shards of duplicated images, she remodels the subjects with elongated, unusual and visually-appealing limbs and facial features: “If you think of some of Jean-Paul Goude’s work with Grace Jones, this is what I do, – just with more pieces,” Dupré says about her work and how it can be understood.

"Charlie Revisited" by Lola Dupré, paper collage
"Friends In Another Dimension" for Agapornis Magazine by Lola Dupré, paper collage

Dupré never manipulates her images digitally beforehand but does think combining the two would prove to be very interesting. Her work relies strongly on her preference of the tangible results of traditional media, and she prefers it that way. Lola sources plenty of her work from magazine covers, photographing book covers, and people she knows.

"Reinvention of the Soul II" by Lola Dupré, paper collage

Wit and Politics

Her collages capture her sense of humor, and although it’s apparent that she doesn’t aim to offend or form opinions through her work, she does hope that it can spark conversations. Dupré sometimes enjoys working with contemporary political images, as she finds horror and humor to be the two things that are most attractive to people. It’s this very combination that seeps through her work and draws you in with its unusual layering and texture.

Penta Magazine Cover by Lola Dupré, paper collage
"Friends In Another Dimension" for Agapornis Magazine by Lola Dupré, paper collage

Dupré’s work has been commissioned for quite a few magazine editorials thanks to her presence on social media platforms – her surreal work has a wide reach. Even if Dupré makes no use of digital enhancement or manipulation in her work, her understanding of how to create pieces that are relevant to this day and age is what sets her apart from so many other artists that too, swim in a sea of torn pictures and glue.

All images copyright of Lola Dupré.

You can view more work by Lola on her Instagram and website.

Article written by Wynand Conrad

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