ROSE AND THORN original paper collage

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Size & Details

Size & Details

Dolan Geiman original Día de los Muertos collage of cowgirl with sugar skull makeup and ornate, handmade salvaged tin frame in black.

  • Medium: vintage papers on wood
  • Sizes: 67.5" H x 55.5" W (framed)
  • Frame: hand-built salvaged metal with Museum Plexi
  • Hardware: ready to hang with D-ring hangers on back
  • Read the inspiration behind this series and receive a first look at works like her: learn more.


Just one of the many time-consuming aspects of each work's creation is designing the cowgirl's shirt and this piece was certainly no exception! The fern leaf and cross-hatch patterns were inspired by remnants of linoleum and wallpaper found in an abandoned house. To finish the piece, I couldn’t let her hang in just any old frame, so I created this textural metal frame, cut and assembled here in the studio and custom tailored for Ms. Rose and Thorn.

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Limited Series

Limited Series

Each work in Dolan Geiman’s portfolio is unique and hand-crafted. Works indicated with “limited series” are reiterations of a recurring theme or concept.

A Certificate of Authenticity is available upon request.

  • Each piece in a limited series is created with an inimitable collection of found materials: no two are exactly alike, although they may look similar at a glance.
  • Details, colors, specific materials, typography and frame will differ from work to work.

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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.