Cut paper collage study for painting School of Stuart Davis. At the collector's request, the work was restored by the artist in 2006.
| Artist's Notes
Study for the School of Stuart Davis is a collage made from chrome paper cut out and pasted on paper. Stuart Davis worked out his paintings by cutting paper in this way. (George Deem, letter to Dr. and Mrs. Leon R. Robison, October 17, 1987)
Before I begin a painting I make drawings and color studies in oil on paper. My 1987 painting School of Stuart Davis was an exception. In my studies for this painting I took a cue from Stuart Davis and used a collage procedure of manipulating cut-paper shapes on paper. The study which you acquired in 1987 was intended to have only a temporary life. I worked with rubber cement and, once I had the image in place, I framed the collage under plexiglass for stability. I am glad to have had this opportunity to make of the study a more permanent work. It stands now, to my satisfaction, as a work on its own and I am pleased with the results. I hope you are too. (George Deem, letter to Leon and Ann Robison, February 20, 2006).