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DEER AT THE DESERT SKATE original paper collage


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Size & Details

Size & Details

Original paper collage artwork features a buck and doe in a painted desert landscape with remnants of an old roller skating rink in the distance. Contemporary Western art merges hand-cut paper collage with painting. Finished with wood frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 47.75" H x 79.75" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-assembled weathered brown wood frame with Museum Plexi
Story

Story

The last, "Hey, see you tomorrow"... the first chartreuse cholla spine. - Dolan Geiman

The last guitar chord. The last neon flickering letter “T”. The last broken window. The last cinderblock dust. The last rusted Chevrolet door handle. The last “Hey, see you tomorrow.” The first chartreuse cholla spine. The first horned lizard. The first mule deer hoofprint in the sand. The first sun shadow on the distant hills. The first conversation between stone and sky.

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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.