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Study for the Surrogate

Artist
James Little, American, born 1952
Date
2002
Material
Watercolor with graphite
Probably made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
On View, Gallery 234
Dimensions
sheet: 16 3/16 × 19 7/8 in. (41.1 × 50.5 cm)
framed: 20 1/8 × 24 1/8 × 2 in. (51.1 × 61.3 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© June Kelly Gallery / James Little
Object Number
168:2017
NOTES
Atmospheric areas of color shift from a deep shade of black to bright orange, divided by sharp diagonal lines. When working with watercolor, which provides a brilliant luminosity, James Little will often score the surface with a sharp tool to trap color. As a result, there is a satisfying play between precise geometry of straight lines and the free-form washes achieved with watercolor. Little describes his method as “painting ideas” about color and matter, and his drawings, like this one, are a critical step in this process.
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