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Temptation to Exist by Michele Zalopany

Temptation to Exist
by Michele Zalopany

Available at Petersburg Press

Prints

Monotype

1990

Edition Size: Unique

Sheet Size: 35 x 26 inches

Signed

Condition: Pristine

$3,250.00

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Monotype on white MBM Ingres d’Arches paper. Signed by the artist, annotated “IIC”, and dated 1990 lower right in pencil.

This large, multi-color monotype depicts a group of young men swimming in a pool. Wearing goggles and swim caps, some clamber out of the water next to guardrails, while others dip in the water up to their necks and play with a ball. Layers of cobalt blue, turquoise, grey and black emulate the movement and dimension of water with gem-like hues. The translucency of the ink is showcased by the artist’s loose, painterly brush strokes, which create rich layers of color and texture. In the distance, a grey city skyline rises in outline, a stark contrast to the water’s natural beauty.

The composition of Temptation to Exist was inspired by a page in an old picture book. This use of found imagery is characteristic of Zalopany’s large-scale realism: in this work, saturated colors evoke the nostalgia and beauty of a vintage photograph.

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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