"I collect like a scientist, I talk like a preacher, I sing like a sailor, and I make art like a farmer, planting ideas and getting my hands dirty every day."
Working from an industrial warehouse on Chicago's South side, Dolan Geiman attempts to capture the images and sentiments of his Southern upbringing in painting, collage, silkscreen, and found object assemblage. Blending rural iconography with contemporary techniques, Geiman's work exemplifies his artistic tagline--Contemporary Art with a Southern Accent.
Descending from a long-line of creative explorers and recycling gurus, Geiman's original artwork uses almost 100% recycled materials, from salvaged billboards and sugar sacks to hand-cut papers from vintage outdoors magazines. Works range from intimate collages under glass to large-scale silkscreen paintings on wood, presenting a body of work that is nostalgic, textural, and infused with both folk and pop art traditions.
A green artist and business, Geiman works from a sustainably renovated warehouse in Chicago, where he collects and organizes a list of supplies that reads like the contents of a 1950's thrift shop.
Trained mostly by his mother, a watercolor artist born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Geiman attributes his desire to create to her constant encouragement. Added to this mix was his experience growing up with a father who worked for the Forest Service, allowing Geiman to spend his summers with his brother and sister exploring the forests of western Virginia.