50 REASONS original paper collage

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Join us in celebrating the 50th (!!) Vaquera in the cowgirl collage series. This iconic female western archetype was born in 2015, and we're excited to reveal numero 5-0, aptly titled 50 Reasons. 50 Reasons features Dolan's signature Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos style cowgirl with sugar skull makeup, metallic western shirt, and dimensional rhinestone hat, constructed from hand-cut vintage paper, carefully selected for this unique work. Purchase of this extra-special Vaquera will include three complimentary 16x20 unframed prints for gifting; otherwise, no prints will be run of 50 Reasons. The collage is framed and finished with Museum Plexi and our handmade salvaged tin frame in a brand new pattern. We thank you, dear collectors, for your part in making the Vaquera Sudoeste collection a signature figure in Dolan's 25 years of art making.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 46.25" H x 38" W (framed)
  • Frame: finished in handmade salvaged tin frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with d-rings on back
  • Includes a 3 print edition for the buyer


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.

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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.