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Diver by Michele Zalopany

Diver by Michele Zalopany

Petersburg Press



Sheet Size: 48 x 36 inches

Reference: Edit deAk, Michele Zalopany: Art Random, Kyoto Shoin International Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan 1991. No. 35 illustrated.


Condition: Pristine

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At the center of this large-scale black and white charcoal and pastel painting, a diver launches himself from untold heights, frozen at the peak of action against an ecstatic plume of clouds. Zalopany excels at painting with light, often abstracting areas of a composition with explosions of brush strokes and impossibly smooth blending. The cloud mass at the center of Diver is at once a liquid pool and O’Keefe’s Jimson Weed, shapeshifting in the way that clouds move and change shape. Characteristically, Zalopany defines other forms with a soft photorealism: the diver’s back, highlighted in white, almost prompts the viewer to squint their eyes against the summer sun.

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The Artist

Michele Zalopany

Born in 1955 in Detroit Michigan, Michele Zalopany is a contemporary American artist best known for her large-scale watercolor and pastel paintings based on photographs found in digital picture collections, old books, and flea markets, etc. Found photographs and film screen shots that had originally served other purposes — family snapshots, police photos, real estate, travel documentation — when rendered, directly from the image, with traditional art materials, take on additional meanings, such as socio-psychological-political content.

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