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  • Provenance

    Private Collection

  • Artist Biography

    Dan Colen

    American • 1979

    American artist Dan Colen has spent most of his career asking himself questions about the editorial decisions artists have to make when creating a scene from scratch on canvas. In his early work, Colen painted mundane interiors punctuated with fantastical elements. This manifested as part of a growing curiosity in the ethereal or divine intervention.

    Colen subsequently stepped away from paint as material and started using found objects as mediums with which to paint. Among these, Colen has used chewing gum, street trash, confetti, feathers, flowers and dirt. This methodology allows Colen to abandon control and create in a more free-form, subconscious manner.

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Dead as a Doorknob

2010
graphite, charcoal on paper
22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
Titled "Dead as a Doorknob" on the face.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

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Kate Bryan
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Under the Influence

New York Auction 4 March 2015 11am