MARCEL DZAMA “NEW LOOK” WATERCOLOR, 2000
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.
This work features two possibly identical women standing side by side. The woman on the left, depicted topless, looks away from the second woman who is adorned in a feathery yellow costume. With an ambiguous expression, the woman in costume appears to be charging towards the woman on the left, whose nudity and unassuming nature hints at her vulnerability.
Often depicting uniforms and costumes from popular culture, it isn’t hard to imagine that Dzama took inspiration from Sesame Street’s Big Bird when creating this piece. With this in mind, the contrast between one woman's nudity and the cutesy/bizarre ensemble is exemplary of Dzama’s playful contemporary Surrealism.
Today 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 ("New Look")
Canada, circa 2000
Ink and watercolor on paper
Signed by artist
13"H 10"W (sheet)
Very good condition
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