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ROARING FORK RAINBOW original paper collage


ROARING FORK RAINBOW original paper collage

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Original paper collage features a rainbow trout swimming in a mountain stream. Mountain modern artwork merges hand-cut paper collage with painting.  Finished with wood frame and Museum Plexi.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Size: 24.75" H x 34.75" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-assembled black oxide frame with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back

The Process

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.

The Story

As a child, I thumbed through my grandfather's old Outdoor Life magazines, reading the illustrated tales of fishermen plying the high Rocky Mountain streams and wild Idaho rivers. I dreamed at night of richly colored trout, fish that looked as if they had been dipped in the very marrow of the rainbow and then dropped, wriggling, into crystal blue waters. Their movements resembled something like the tongue of an electric beast, darting to and fro beneath the passing clouds. I always wanted to swim with them, to feed them hellgrammites on the end of a silver fork, to listen to them recount tales of their many adventures, spoken in their cryptic underwater trout-speech. Roaring Fork Rainbow Trout is an update on the dream, a vivid remembering of remembering, an homage to the rivers I've found half a continent away, a continued hope of finding these magical creatures and hearing their tales.

I'm always on the lookout for an unusual print, a surprising texture, a glimmer of inspiration in the everyday. From my vast collection of vintage papers, I selected and hand-cut the hundreds of individual pieces that make up this collage, and applied them over a hand-drawn underwater scene and delicious floating snack for my dinosaur fish friend.

Understanding Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Some are one-of-a-kind pieces while others are reiterations of a recurring theme, denoted as Limited Series throughout the site.

Each piece in a Limited Series is created with a inimitable collection of found materials so that no two are exactly alike. Iterations will vary slightly in color, pattern, typography and frame; each is crafted in a limited quantity and without a predetermined edition numbering.