Listing No: 9450

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Artwork Info

FAE Listing No:
Bill Komodore (1932-2012)
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

72 x 80 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 Childhood Memory 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.”

Trenches – The workings of memory and the imprinting of events on the memory and their recall were of great interest and a recurring them in Komodore’s work. In this painting, Komodore examines the impact of wartime Athens upon his own memory. The abstract and dramatic image refers to trenches around the outskirts of Athens, which he saw during his trips to the surrounding mountains and countryside as a boy scout. The black jolt-like shape speaks to the seismic impact of the war and its mark on Komodore’s memory. The artist stated many times that memories of certain times, places and events during the war always came to his mind’s eye in black and white. 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.

Excerpt from by Bill Davenport

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