The art of the collage embraces oils, charcoal, pastels, found objects, mixed media and torn paper loosely glued together to allow the addition of numerous layers of paper to draw out the meaning of that statement. It is a technique meant to treat the paper's edge as another mechanism for creation line, edeges, shadows, shapes and depth.The collage drawings uses all aspects of African and African American life and culture as themes for the subject it interrogates. Series within the Purgatory collection include Black Face, Black Works, Mask,  and Living In The Light Of Hell’s Shadow to name a few.


Using imagery culled from memory and imagination, as well as close observations of everyday life, much of the inspiration for Geter’s work comes from his reactions to, and interpretations of, the events unfolding around him on the personal, as well as on the national and more universal level. He tackles vast emotional and political issues, culling images from events and experiences that he has witnessed himself and through the myriad media outlets available to us today. His immediate surroundings – family members, students, friends and acquaintances often serve as the jumping off point for his visual lexicon.

Whether contoured, cut or pasted, his incremental layering of line produces the evidence of time and labor.  In much of his work, Geter exploits the non-verbal, and communicative power of a plethora of physical characteristics. Facial expressions, and the nuance of line, are tools that Geter uses to explore notions of identity, power and history. His works are emotional, evocative, confounding, and incredibly inspiring, bringing an unassuming medium to the forefront in a powerful and mesmerizing culmination of process, action, and figuration. 

Will South, Columbia Museum

Tree Attached to side of a Building, The Gambia


Tyrone Geter