Illustrating the News: Artist Lincoln Agnew
The collages of Canadian artist Lincoln Agnew are reminiscent of both Russian constructivism and the punk aesthetic of the 1970s and 1980s—but they have a style all their own.
Both constructivism and punk resonate with Agnew and have influenced his work, which one might describe as “Gustav Klutsis meets the Ramones.” The photo collage style he often works in is popular with some magazine art directors, both for practical reasons and aesthetic ones. Basing an illustration on a photo gives the art director some control over a final image’s look and feel. It also allows an artist to work relatively quickly—for a time-sensitive piece, he or she might have mere days or even hours to create an illustration (and make requested revisions). At the same time, a skilled artist like Agnew can work within this style to create unique, profound images.