By: Holly Becker, decor8
Michelle Caplan is a collage artist based in the L.A. area that creates beautiful portraits that you will cherish for a lifetime. You can commission a piece, which means you give her photos of all the things you love, family photos, etc. and she’ll combine everything into a work of art on canvas. I own 3 Caplan pieces and love them all, one was a commission, the other two I ordered directly from her site. They are all gorgeous, and I couldn’t be happier with her work. She packages everything with such care, so shipping is never an issue, and her follow-up is excellent, if you have any questions, she’ll answer your email el pronto. This girl has a unique brain, she is a super business person and an amazingly talented artist – rare combo. Gifted, for sure.
If you’d like to shop from her etsy store, click here. Upon checkout, type 2MODERN in the notes section and she’ll take 20% off of your order during the entire month of June.
"In recent months lots of exciting things have been going on for me. My works are being carried by retail outlets and in the near future I have a few gallery shows going on. The prices for my work in my Etsy store will soon be going up to reflect the retail pricing. I do not want to be undercutting these wonderful venues and must therefore adjust accordingly. To help balance out the raise in prices I will from time to time be having sales and special offers to thank all of the amazing people who have helped sustain my art."
After obtaining my BFA in Graphic Design at the School of Visual Arts,
I worked in the Art Department at some of the top publishing houses in
New York City designing a vast and varied number of book covers.
At a young age, I developed a passion for the art of collage. Today my
work is a reflection of that passion, melded with the graphic arts
skills I honed during my tenure in publishing. My education and work
experience as a graphic designer have come together on the canvas in
the form of Collage Portraiture.
The portraits bring life to a families photographic history, each piece
with it’s own narrative; trying to the tell the story of the person
behind the image. It can represent a link to a families past and
provide a visual legacy for it’s future. A piece can capture a point in
time in the ever changing life of a child, or evoke the memory of a
beloved relative long past.
In addition to the work I do from found photographs, I also do
commissions for people wanting to personalize this process. It is these
collaborative projects I find to be the richest with discovery because
they are driven by real life, and not just my imagination. A glance at
a wife through the husbands eyes. Capturing a family member at any
given milestone. I get to know people and their passions, while
creating one of mine! What could be more fulfilling?
Michelle Caplan can be also be visited online at http://www.michellecaplan.com/
Interested in more fresh finds for sprucing up your home decor? Visit Holly Becker’s Design Blog, decor8, at http://www.decor8.blogspot.com
(images from michelle caplan)