MARCEL DZAMA “OVERHEAD PORTÉ” DRAWING, 2009
With his unmistakable version of contemporary Surrealism, Marcel Dzama is one of the most successful Canadian artists.
Born in Winnipeg in 1974, Dzama had an international reputation by the time he was 30.
In the 1990s, 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, yet with a touch of fun.
In this untitled work (aka “Overhead Porté”) we encounter a trio of graceful dancers, their lithe figures elongated in motion. However, their tranquil demeanor is juxtaposed with a much darker reality. Two of the women wield knives, while the third delicately balances a severed head on her fingertip as she's suspended in midair by a curious man/bear hybrid.
Like the best of Dzama's work, the viewer is drawn in with obscure clues and asked to assemble a narrative...or just enjoy his wacky imagination.
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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Untitled ("Overhead Porté")
Ink and mixed media on paper
Signed by artist, bottom right and verso
14"H 11"W (work)
18"H 15"W (framed)
Very good condition
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