MARCEL DZAMA "WOMAN AND MINOTAUR" WATERCOLOR, 2001
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 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.
This watercolor contains many of Dzama's signature elements; a human/animal hybrid, references to mythology/folklore, and eroticism. In this work, a woman and possibly a minotaur (a figure from Greek mythology) engage in a sexual encounter. Despite the intense sexuality of the work, Dzama maintains a sardonic sense of playfulness and ambiguity. Is this an actual minotaur, or simply a man in a mask?
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 the artist
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