Fractured Surreal Abstract Seashell Collage – Black and White

Fractured seashell collage. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Totem Black.

This composition was built in reverse to usual, and stemmed from the idea of fracturing the background into segments. I didn’t know it was going to be six, but that’s what I settled on when considering my ideal of minimalism with just enough complexity.

From there I experimented with two of a number of seashell photos I’d earmarked as having potential. But that’s the thing with my art, there’s often little relationship between how compelling base photographs look and their potential as part of a final composition. True to that, the draft using the first base photo was scrapped. However, the second led to what you see here.

There’s a color take on this image called Totem.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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