WATERSIDE original paper collage


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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage artwork featuring a barn owl on an abandoned boat accompanied by seagulls and spring flora. Finished in a vintage wooden frame with indigo inset, sourced from India.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 59" H x 35.75" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in an indigo frame sourced from India with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back


"The inspiration from this piece is derived from children’s fairy tales. I always wanted to jump in to the stories I heard as a child and manipulate the endings. For this piece, I decided that I wanted to leave the ending up to the viewer. The owl, a barn owl, has alighted on the bow of an old wooden vessel. Where did this barn owl come from? Why is he mysteriously here? And where did all of the flowers come from, blooming on an otherwise barren seashore?"



Each Dolan Geiman collage is crafted from hand-cut vintage papers sourced over decades of exploration and careful categorizing, held dearly until the perfect piece arrives to claim their colors and texture. Learn more about the making of paper collages here.


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Dolan Geiman Paper Collages

Dolan's signature paper collage artwork celebrates America's West and Southwest. Color, composition, and detail come to life in hand-cut vintage materials, many salvaged in Dolan's cross-country travels.

Creating the original collage starts with a wood panel. Dolan pulls vintage sheet music from his vast collection and applies these to the wood, first with glue, then with a top layer of whitewash paint. In many prints, this background layer of sheet music peeks through.

Next, Dolan draws the outline for the original collage in graphite atop the sheet music.

Dolan returns to his extensive trove of collected papers – think magazines, antique textbooks, handwritten letters salvaged from abandoned farmsteads - and begins pulling the ideal colors for the piece. He cuts each piece of material by hand and carefully layers into the artwork. These collages are carefully crafted from thousands of small papers: no two are exactly alike.

Dolan's paper collages are finished in a handmade frame constructed from salvaged metal or a modern, minimal wood or metal frame.