John Stezaker BRITISH, b. 1949


John Stezaker is known for making Surrealist-influenced collages from found images, which range from vintage photographs to old Hollywood film stills, travel postcards, and magazine clippings. The artist adds new meanings to his old materials as he splices together images of film stars, layers landscapes over portraits, and carves silhouettes from layered pictures. The resulting compositions are alternately ironic, disconcerting, and poignant. Throughout his oeuvre, Stezaker explores celebrity, mass media, and the role of the photograph in constructing cultural memory. He has exhibited in New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, and Brussels. Stezaker’s work belongs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubell Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Sammlung Verbund, the Tate, and the Zabludowicz Collection.