Get a local shoe even if mended

Listing No: 7718

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6616 Spring Valley Road

Dallas, TX 75254


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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
Bill Komodore (1932-2012)
Get a local shoe even if mended
Date of Work:
"Komodore" at lower right
Where Produced:
Dallas, Texas, TX, USA

Artwork Medium

Sub Type:
on Canvas
Medium Notes:
Linen canvas

Artwork Size & Weight

41 x 50 in.

Artwork Condition

Very good condition. There is no cracking or paint loss evident.

Artwork Provenance

This painting comes directly from the Bill Komodore Estate.

About this Piece

This painting is from the artist's "Greek Proverb" series.

The following description of this painting was written by Shannon Komodore, the artist’s widow. In the email that accompanied the description, Shannon wrote the following, “…if you were to ask Bill, he'd tell you this stuff, but he'd also say that all of his paintings are really about paint more than anything else.”

Get a Local Shoe, Even if Mended – This painting is part of a series based on the Greek proverbs Komodore grew up hearing. These pithy, whimsical and sometimes barbed aphorisms were rife with folk wisdom. Here, Komodore suggests buying art that is made locally despite a seeming paucity of snob appeal that acquisitions from New York may possess. However, like other works in Komodore’s oeuvre, this is also a study on memory, specifically the memory of his grandfather’s shoe store in Athens.

About the Artist

Bill Komodore

Bill Komodore was born in Athens, Greece in 1932, and moved to the United States and received his formal education at Tulane University, where his professors included George Rickey, Mark Rothko, and David Smith. He earned his B.A. in 1955, and M.F.A. in 1957. Mr. Komodore was known for his figurative works, playing with both the mythical idea of Arcadia as a place of creative perception and with the experience of being a native of the actual Arcadia, Greece, which he describes as “the bucolic land of sheperds, beautiful nymphs, and satyrs.” He showed with Gerald Peters in Dallas, and at Decorazon Gallery. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Walker Art Center; Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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