MARCEL DZAMA "DINNER COMPANION" DRAWING, 2000
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.
In this untitled unique drawing (aka "Dinner Companion") we find several strange characters evocative of a comic-book or graphic novel. Like the best of Dzama's work the viewer is drawn in and asked to assemble a narrative.
Centred in the foreground of the work is a Santa hat-clad man with a flaming red beard whose head is surrounded by fire. A pointing arrow identifies him as "the world's greatest dinner companion one could ever hope for."
Behind him are two sets of figures: two females carrying trays in pseudo-nursing uniforms, and two men in hazmat-style suits. One of the men is identified as an "award-winning director." These madcap elements all combine to beg the question: what kind of dinner party is this?
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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Canada, circa 2000
Ink and mixed-media on paper
Signed by the artist
14.74"H 11.75"W (sheet)
Very good condition.
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