MARCEL DZAMA "BAD SISTERS" WATERCOLOR, 1998
With his unmistakable version of contemporary Surrealism, Marcel Dzama is one of the most successful contemporary Canadian artists. Born in Winnipeg in 1974, Dzama had an international reputation by the time he was 30.
In the 1990's, as one of the founding members of the Royal Art Lodge, Dzama contributed to the renaissance of figurative art and simultaneously put Winnipeg on the map as a center for Canadian creativity.
Dzama's works are instantly recognizable for their subject and style. He often takes banal scenes or characters and injects them with menacing, eerie or twisted details that can border on the absurd.
This untitled early work, (aka. "Bad Sisters") is classic Dzama in its mix of banality and intrigue. We find two sisters, (or are they lovers?) one in bed while the other stands ambiguously next to her in with a sharp bloodied knife. Is this image like a film noir still or something more random...Like the best of Dzama's work the viewer is drawn in and asked to assemble a narrative.
Dzama's work can be found in a host of prestigious public and private collections including Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the MoMA, Le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. He is particularly favored by celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Jim Carrey and Steve Martin.
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Ink and mixed-media on paper
Signed by the artist
13"H 10.75"W (sheet)
17"H 14"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
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