MARCEL DZAMA “KISSING DEVIL” WATERCOLOR, 1998
With his unmistakable version of contemporary Surrealism, Marcel Dzama is one of the most internationally 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.
“Untitled (Kissing Devil)” is unmistakably Dzama, combining eroticism with fantasy figures. This work features a woman and an ambiguous devilish creature (or possibly a man in costume) as they engage in an intimate embrace.
The exchange between the two characters is somewhat conventional in contrast to some of the most grotesque or quirky erotic works in Dzama’s oeuvre. The sensitivity in this encounter is particularly unexpected considering the allusions and association with devils, making this work a fine example of Dzama’s mastery of paradox.
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 watercolor on paper
Signed by artist (bottom right)
Canada, circa 1998
12.5”H 9.75”W (work)
15.25"H 12.25"W (frame)
Very good condition
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