Artist/ Designer: Marcel Dzama
b. 1974, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Title: Untitled lithograph from The Cabin of Count Dracula 2004
Medium: Lithograph on Arches paper
Dimensions: 9.25" x 9.25" paper size, 14.25" x 14.25" framed size
Details: The complete collection of 20 lithographs were included in a hand made wooden box in the shape of a log cabin on a bed of faux beaver fur. Collection also included Albatross Note The Dracula EP record album. The complete set was an edition of only 10. This image numbered 1/20, dated 2004, is marked artist proof and signed in the right bottom corner. Framed with black metal frame with archival rag mat with black liner and TruGuard UV Protection plexi-glass.
Notes from the Archive: Marcel Dzama helped found the Royal Art Lodge in 1996, an artist collective in Manitoba, creating puppets, dolls, videos, costumes, musical performances and drawings. Known for his fine draftsmanship, and his provocative collages, dioramas and large scale polyptychs all depicting incongruous images and themes. He draws inspiration from Disneyesque cartoon characters of the 1940's and 50's and the chaotic energy of Japanese animation. In this image, Dzama depicts three smiling young women, all bending slightly forward, as if to look more closely at the tip-toeing squirrel with a toadstool umbrella and an elephant spraying from his trunk. The image is at once adorable and somehow unsettling, subtly questioning the wholesomeness of those long-ago cartoons. Dzama is both a ringmaster and a provocateur, in the simplest media.
He has collaborated with progressive rock artists, They Might Be Giants, and provided the cover art for an album cover for Beck. His stature as a cult artist is enhanced by the fame of many of his collectors including Jim Carrey, Brad Pitt and Nicholas Cage.
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