MARCEL DZAMA "HARLEQUIN" DRAWING, 1996
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 while simultaneously putting Winnipeg on the map as a center for Canadian creativity.
Dzama's works are instantly recognizable for their bizarre subject yet friendly 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 drawing (aka "Harlequin") we find two strange characters playing and performing for each other. Like the best of Dzama's work there is a combination of fantasy and mystery. How often do you encounter a fox (?) or a cat (?) playing a trumpet for masked harlequin?
Marcel 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" (aka "Harlequin")
Canada, circa 1996
Ink and mixed-media on paper
Signed by the artist
12.5"W 9.75"H (sheet)
15.5"W 13"H (framed)
Very good condition.
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