artist spotlight: dolan geiman

Many artists found on Artful Home have work that I find absolutely stunning. It’s rare, however, that an artist will enchant me with every single piece of art they create. Dolan Geiman is one of those rare artists whose aesthetic is so appealing to me that I would be thrilled to own any of his work. His prints are created on wood, which I find lovely, and Artful Home now represents many more original paper collages as well.

Bicycle Collection by Dolan Geiman

Bicycle Collection by Dolan Geiman

Bicycle notwithstanding, Dolan’s artwork is most often inspired by nature, with a western flair. Animals, cowboys, fish, and Native American figures all feature prominently. Dolan often creates mixed media work, using found articles of metal, wood, and paper to create incredible collages filled with color, down to the last feather or leaf.

Beauty in Every Shadow by Dolan Geiman

Beauty in Every Shadow by Dolan Geiman

The truly extraordinary thing about his work, however, is the detail. What might look like a painting from afar is actually a collage created from THOUSANDS of hand-cut pieces of paper, which are then painstakingly glued into place. I had the opportunity to see his work in person at Art Fair on the Square in Madison, WI, and was amazed. Walking closer and seeing more and more tiny pieces come into focus is an incredible experience. The amount of time and artistry that goes into a piece is astonishing, especially when considering that many pieces are quite large, some stretching out to 8 feet or more. Even Dolan’s metal work is created through cutting, layering salvaged pieces to create a¬†sculpture.

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African Bird Diorama: Lilac Breasted Roller by Dolan Geiman
African Bird Diorama: Lilac Breasted Roller by Dolan Geiman
African Bird Diorama: Lilac Breasted Roller by Dolan Geiman
Growing up with a lot of time spent hunting, fishing, camping, and otherwise enjoying nature with my dad, the images of trout, deer, bear, and other wildlife remind me of childhood and of the careful relationship between mankind and the environment. Bringing nature into my home is a wonderful way to remain cognizant of the outdoors, even while inside.

Warblers Box Print by Dolan Geiman

Warblers Box Print by Dolan Geiman

By |2017-01-05T14:55:55+00:00February 20th, 2015|artist spotlights|

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