PAINTOGRAPHS / a collaboration
Oil Painting on Photographs

  Mark Larson and James R. Dean win first and second place at Rourke Art Gallery Exhibit
View of the 42nd Midwestern Invitational Exhibiton of Fine Art at the Rourke Gallery June 16–September 16, 2001

Photo by Mark Anthony

Every June 18, James O'Rourke celebrates the founding of the Rourke Gallery, Moorhead, Minnesota with artists from the region.

June 18 also means the opening of the annual Midwestern Invitational Exhibition of Fine Art, this being its 42nd anniversary. The theme was "Koyaanisqatsi", the Hopi Indian word for "crazy life" or "life out of balance".

This year, James R. Dean and Mark Larson took both first and second places in the competition. They collaborated on what they call paintographs, a combination of photography and painting.

The paintings, "Koyaanisqatsi #82-55-11" (first place) and "Koyaanisqatsi #86-55-11" (seccond place), are created by Dean creating 48" x 63" photographs and Larson painting directly on the photographs with oil paints.

James R. Dean is a photographer and architect living in Avon, MN, a graduate of North Dakota State University. Mark Larson is a Minneapolis-based painter who graduated from Concordia College.

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First Place

"Koyaanisqatsi #82-55-11"
Mark Larson and
James R. Dean

Second Place

"Koyaanisqatsi #86-55-11"
James R. Dean and
Mark Larson

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