Last summer, as James waited in line for a free barber’s choice haircut at the Renegade Craft Fair – he thankfully got bored and stepped out of line, so no mystery haircut for him – I discovered Chicago-based artist Dolan Geiman and fell in love with basically everything in his booth.
Especially that giant Native American paper collage up front, because obviously. Dolan Geiman doesn’t eff around when it comes to amazing paper collages that make you want to spend all your money and OWN THEM ALL.
I fell so in love and yammered on about it so much, that James bought me a set of three Native American prints for Christmas, and it’s my favorite art in our entire apartment (and here are some super grainy iPhone photos to show you the room in question).
An update from James about this: A funny thing about these prints is that Hollie almost bought them right before Christmas, when we went to ANOTHER Renegade Craft Fair and Dolan Geiman had a booth. In fact, when I noticed his booth, I made an excuse to get away from Hollie and talk to the gal working there. “Look,” I said to the woman who probably thought I was a lunatic, “I bought these prints for my girlfriend for Christmas, so if I come over here later with a girl and she wants to buy something, DON’T LET HER!”
But paper collages aren’t all Dolan creates that make me want to blow my entire (small) savings account. He also makes contemporary, folk-art inspired 2-D mixed-media art with salvaged elements that he himself calls “rural chic,” and the American Craft Council described as “urban Americana at its very best.”
I’m no art critic, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
This stuff is so great, right? Any other folk/Americana/salvaged art lovers out there? Have you seen Dolan Geiman’s work in person, too?