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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Laura Craig McNellis
American, born 1957

Date

2010–2011

Medium

Poster paint on newsprint

Accession #

2012.136

Dimensions

26 1/2 x 39 inches

Location

Currently Not on View

Description

From the time Laura Craig McNellis was very young, those around her realized that she had both an intellectual disability and a profound enthusiasm for painting. Her talent has developed as she has continued to paint, laying poster paint and inexpensive watercolors on blank newsprint with rapid strokes. Her striking drawings record the people, objects, and events of her everyday life with bold and vivid forms. This image of a dress is part of a recent series in which McNellis depicted ordinary garments with extraordinary results.

Credit

Gift of the artist, Lynn McNellis Strange, and Pat McNellis

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