Fractured Surreal Abstract Seashell Collage

Fractured orange seashell collage on teal background. Surreal abstract art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Totem.

The orange shapes are made from a photo of a very simple seashell.

Strange how it turned out—originally I used a photo of a more complex shell that had spikes off its side. Paradoxically, the draft of that one turned out to be overly plain. Trying the simpler shell was a last resort to find a direction. And as I’ve also found prior, homing in on certain aspects of a simple shape and repeating them can lead to some interesting and surprisingly detailed forms.

There’s a black and white take on this image called Totem Black.

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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