Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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The Elements of Drawing
  • Daryl Trivieri
    born 1957
    active: United States
  • The Elements of Drawing, 1990
  • Where object was made: United States
  • airbrushing, inkwash on paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 46.3 x 66.4 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 18 1/4 x 26 1/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 56.6 x 76.4 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 30 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 30 x 36 in
  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0077
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"NetWorks: Art and Artists from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection," Mar-2011, Susan Earle, Stephen Goddard, and SMA Interns
“The reason the paintings are monochromatic is that I like a minimalist approach to image and color,” explains artist Daryl Trivieri. Other than their restrained palettes, the Spencer works are markedly complex, where the artist
has combined freehand airbrush painting with surface drawing and scratching to create fragile and otherworldly dreamscapes. Trivieri’s interest in 19thcentury photographs and resistance to the photorealism of the 1970s comes across in the unfinished appearance of his works. This does not mean that the artist is disinterested in the natural world. In fact, Trivieri’s affinity for scientific illustration is revealed in the layered imagery of a tree stump, the fossil-like remains of what could be a prehistoric fish, a disembodied hand, an insect casing, and a grainy representation of a wading bird.