Harrison Collage

June 19, 2024
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Harrison Collage
Thunder, 2023
Analog Paper Collage, 6.75 x 9.25 in.

In Harrison Collage's work, human emotion is conveyed through vivid imagery and symbolism, mirroring his perception of society. One piece juxtaposes an ecstatic figure against a backdrop of lightning, capturing raw, electrifying energy, while another dives into primal fear, featuring a snarling beast engulfed in flames. Harrison Collage thrives on contrasts—clean lines versus torn edges, modern versus vintage—crafting a dynamic interplay that defines his style.

The Cradle, 2023
Analog Paper Collage, 6.75 x 9.25 in.

For me, collage is a playful space to explore how I perceive the world and our society. Each piece tells a story, constructed through improvisation and iteration. In my work, contrast plays a central role: clean lines vs ripped edges, modern vs vintage, recontextualizing the source material and subverting its original meaning. I nurture a piece over the time I’m working on it, as if it was growing into existence like a garden.

Analog Paper Collage, 12 x 12 in.

As a graphic designer, collage has become a creative practice that I can cultivate outside of my career. In the past few years, I’ve realized how very important that is to me—I feel drained without it. Collage offers me a place to explore my imagination and make things with my hands, which fuels my creative spirit and enriches my life.

Life's Party, 2023
Analog Paper Collage, 11 x 14 in.

The Forge, 2023
Analog Paper Collage, 6.75 x 9.25 in.

I have stacks of magazines ranging from the 1930s to 1990s—such as Life, National Geographic, and gay porn mags. A handful of coffee table books. Photography annuals from the 1970s. Typography specimens. Piles of small print ephemera I’ve collected. I acquired a large amount of vintage bodybuilding magazines from a neighbor who was recycling them in the pandemic, which is actually what jumpstarted this collage practice I enjoy today.

Progress Through Constantly Trying to Please, 2024
Analog Paper Collage, 14 x 15 in.

Famous Last Words, 2023
Analog Paper Collage, 6.75 x 9.25 in.

Harrison Collage is an analog collage artist who creates work that explores current social and environmental themes through a queer lens. Pulling from a wide variety of source materials, his pieces juxtapose new and old to create narratives about gay identity, capitalism, and our relationship with the natural world.

Harrison’s collage practice stems from a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a career in graphic design. This design background informs his meticulous sense of craft, composition, and storytelling. Recently featured in Contemporary Collage Magazine, Harrison is currently working on a new series from his home studio in Seattle.


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