ANTERO SHADOWS original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Antero Shadows showcases a mule deer in a dreamy, aspen-laden forest scape. Mountain Modern art merges hand-cut paper collage with painting. Finished with modern wood frame and Museum Plexi. 

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 51.25" H x 51.25" W (framed)
  • Frame: metallic-black wood frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-rings on back


In those shadows were the living ghosts of deer, magpies, aspens and mahogany. - Dolan Geiman

I stayed at a cabin in the cold crisp shadows of a 14,000-foot mountain. In those shadows were the living ghosts of deer, magpies, aspens, and mahogany. Coming away from that place my head was full of indigo, violet, teal, olive, burnt white and moments of sun-bleached peach. I returned to my studio, visions of semi-transparent denizens of the wood strolling through my mind: putting brush to paint and scissors to paper, I endeavored to bring the creatures from the edges of consciousness, memory to life once more.

Story of Antero Shadows, Dolan Geiman 2022



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.