Ghost Forest (Alaska)

Listing No: 7971

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
Bill Komodore (1932-2012)
Ghost Forest (Alaska)
Date of Work:
"Komodore" at lower right
Where Produced:
Dallas, TX, USA

Artwork Medium

Sub Type:
on Canvas
Medium Notes:
Linen canvas

Artwork Size & Weight

40 x 48 in.

Artwork Condition

Very good condition. No evidence of cracking or paint loss.

Artwork Provenance

This painting comes directly from the Bill Komodore Estate.

About this Piece

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.”

Ghost Forest – This painting refers to Alaska’s Girdwood Ghost Forest, which resulted from an earthquake in 1964. During the earthquake, the ground sank, and fissures filled with salt water, which eventually killed the trees in this forest and in other coastal areas, thus the name “ghost forest.” The Girdwood forest was austere and disquieting, particularly on the grey day of Komodore’s visit. SK

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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