Artist Makes Playing Card Collages To Display Scenes Of Love, Loss, And Other Emotions
Born 1989 in Southampton, United Kingdom – Elmo Hood is a self taught contemporary artist specialising in collage and pop art styles. Elmo currently resides and works out of Brisbane, Australia.
Act Of Kindness
Elmo’s work first came to notoriety in 2013 when he created a collage out of two playing cards. The piece was a viral hit and secured a number of international exhibitions along with a firm celebrity fan base. His first playing card pieces focused on portraying human emotion through the cards using a variety of methods to achieve this effect such as cutting and burning the materials.
The Joker And The Queen
His work is now best described as a fuse between pop art and mixed media. Elmo uses a variety of materials combined with different painting and collage techniques to build his compositions. With his playing card pieces Elmo uses the collaged cards for his colour pallet whilst sticking to darker tones for the outlines and shading.
Heads Will Roll
Kings and Queens feature heavily in his work along with references to philosophy, the paranormal and religion.
Love 2020 (Covid)
According to Elmo: “This is a collection of some of my playing card collages I have made over the years.
I try and stick to using materials found within the border of the playing card which I use to tell a story by rearranging, burning or adding small paint elements. My collages display scenes of love, loss, kindness and revenge.
I made my first collage of this type in 2013.”
Tears Of The Clown
Beat As One (K&K)
How Cheap Is Your Love
Tragedy Of Two
Seven To Heaven
Beat As One (Q&Q)
Beat As One (K&Q)