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A New Way to Collage at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Every art fan knows what “collage” is: cutting or tearing bits of photos or printed images and pasting them together in new and unexpected ways to make a new image, either abstract or not. It’s an exercise that frees an artist from the traditional demands of drawing and painting. It’s usually spontaneous and free, but it can also become purely decorative or undisciplined (think grade school cut and paste). John Alderton is a collage artist of the most disciplined sort: he makes beautiful landscapes of tiny bits of hand-colored paper in a totally original and personal way.

A New Way to Collage
Sat, Jul 23, 6–8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

He will have a showing and sale of his new collage landscapes with a cocktail opening at Galería Izamal on Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 8pm. Galería Izamal is downtown at Mesones 80, next door to the Ángela Peralta Theater.

This will be Alderton’s first extensive showing in San Miguel de Allende. Born in Cumberland, Maryland, he is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Alderton is also a muralist whose works are in public venues across the state of Maryland. He is, in addition, a maker of mosaics, a woodworker, and the owner of a taller which makes faux finishes, gilding, and trompe l’oeil.

Alderton is married to Gina Giampoli, the daughter of Jim Giampoli, one of the pioneer artists of San Miguel who taught for many years at the Instituto Allende. He and Gina moved to San Miguel last year.

Why choose such a demanding way of producing art? “I’m basically a colorist,” he says. “The collage method I’ve developed brings out colors more clearly than in a painted picture.” And it certainly does.

Work by Galería Izamal artists and jewelers María Bracho, Mary Jo Dolle, Juan Ezcurdia, Roberto López Fuentevilla, Leslie Jakobovits, Bill Morrow, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist are also on view.


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