Virginia artist and illustrator Megan Coyle creates beautiful, colorful collages from magazine cut-outs. Several of her collages feature a cup of coffee. Never has a simple coffee cup looked so appealing!
Besides coffee cups, Coyle’s collages include numerous other still life subjects, as well as people, animals, and landscapes. Her work has been published internationally and exhibited in galleries throughout the United States.
Intellectual Cup of Coffee
One of my favorites among Coyle’s coffee cup collages is “Intellectual Cup of Coffee” (2005).
Megan Coyle’s beautiful collage captures the essence of the “intellectual” cup of coffee. The blue coffee cup and saucer rest on an opened book. The steam from the hot coffee suggests question marks — this cup of coffee is stimulating thought and ideas.
Coffee has long been the drink of choice for intellectuals. Coffeehouses attracted intellectuals in Persia and the Middle East as early as the 16th century. A century later, as coffee spread to the West, coffeehouses in London, Paris, and other European cities became the gathering places for political and intellectual discourse.
Today, the many thousands of coffee shops around the world are favorite venues for reading, writing, study, and discussion. At home, too, a cup of coffee will usually be at my side when I’m reading a book, and I’m sure that’s true for many others.
I may not be a classic “intellectual,” but when I read and sip my coffee, I feel intellectual. And as Megan Coyle’s “Intellectual Coffee Cup” collage illustrates, that can be a beautiful thing.
“Intellectual Cup of Coffee” is available in a variety of sizes from Imagekind as a poster or print, framed or unframed, on paper or canvas.
Other Colorful Coffee Cup Collages by Megan Coyle
You don’t care whether or not your cup of coffee is intellectual? Don’t worry, Megan Coyle has created a rainbow of other beautiful coffee cup collages in bright colors that are sure to perk you up.
Cup of Joe (2010)
If you like blue but you prefer the workingman’s version, consider the “Cup of Joe” collage. It’s an honest cup of coffee, set on a simple table, served piping hot. This one definitely looks like it will be good to the last drop, and you may even want a second cup.
Red Coffee Cup (2011)
Maybe you drink coffee when you need more energy? A cup of coffee doesn’t get more energetic than the cup portrayed in this “Red Coffee Cup” collage. This cup appears to be in motion even before you pick it up, ready to give you the caffeine jolt you need.
Green Coffee Cup (2008)
Coyle’s Green Coffee Cup collage features a vibrant bright green cup set on an equally bright orange coaster. The background hues of yellows and violets add to the festive mood. This is a perfect cup to enjoy over conversation with a good friend.
Pink Coffee Cup (2011)
Coyle has rendered her Pink Coffee Cup in a somewhat different style than the others featured above. The background is composed of broader, flat strips of color, so that the bright pink coffee cup pops from the frame. And this cup is only half full — it’s hard to resist that smooth brown java in the bright pink cup. Or maybe it’s an espresso?
These collages represent only a small sample of Megan Coyle’s beautiful work. Many more of her collages and other art, including additional coffee-themed works, are available for purchase in the Megan Coyle gallery on Imagekind.com. To learn more about the artist, visit her website at mcoyle.com.
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