DARIEN, Conn. – When Hu Lindsay was 3 years old he wanted to be a fireman. But by the time he was 4 he knew he wanted to be an artist. Today he creates unique collages using everything from magazine ads to fruit stickers to random objects he finds on the street.
"It started when I was looking through a bunch of Christmas catalogues. I was really bored with everything in them, except for the colors in the background, so I cut out a whole bunch," said the Norwalk resident, whose work is currently on display at Upper Crust Bagel.
Lindsay collects things that strike his fancy and puts them together to make eye-catching works of art. One piece, "All Terrain Vehicle," depicts a car made out of an old computer chip and the covers of film canisters. He made another, "As Time Goes By," by putting tape over a series of watch advertisements, then pulling the tape off and seeing what came with it.
Sometimes he will set out to create a piece with a specific idea in mind. Other times he will start pasting things together and see what happens. "I have two large pizza boxes in my house. One filled with cool colors and the other filled with warm colors. Other than that, I pretty much have stuff all over the place that I use."
Lindsay worked as a commercial artist for 50 years and is currently the president of the Rowayton Arts Center. His work also includes paintings and drawings. His paintings are very geometrical and are created by using acrylic paint on old animation cells.
He says that many of his pieces involve humor. While some might see an object on the ground as trash, he sees it as something he can turn into a piece of art.