Mike Dargas is an artist currently living in Cologne, Germany. As a child, Mike already surpassed an interest for painting and uses oil colour in his early works.
Patrick Winfield is a graphic designer and a very talented artist that creates compositions putting together single pieces of Polaroid integral film. Patrick, who works as a graphic designer, started off creating collage and eventually started photographing the pieces on polaroid film. While experimenting with working polaroids into grids and composites, he ended up building more and more layers of his film collage.
Patrick Winfield creates his large-scale grid composites from single pieces of Polaroid integral film. The visual language deals with figure studies, landscapes, still life and a fusion of all three that combines straight photography with photogram (camera-less) techniques. Keeping the structure of the grid allows the work to remain anchored and fixed while letting the piece as a whole move the viewer's eye in multiple directions. The representational composite pieces, such as the landscapes and figures, are studies on perspectives. Instead of being fixed, static or standing, it is a walking perspective. Not an instant view, but a clustering of memories and visuals. Using Integral films; it is about the flow of working with images as soon as they are created. Patrick equates the process to drawing. "When a photo comes out of the camera I can see if I want to adjust it or take another shot almost instantly. I can decide to continue with the current line or create another direction to the piece altogether. The immediacy and characteristics of the Polaroid film is so unique and appears to be infused with a sense of nostalgia that is so seductive."
Patrick's pieces are very inspiring and eye catching! The mix of colors and forms he uses in each piece is just great, the compositions give us a nice felling... for sure you will also like it. And don't forget to visit his website and his flickr for more information and images. Enjoy. :)