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Al Souza (American, b. 1944), Wallpaper #3, 1999, cut and layered paper

Al Souza (American, b. 1944), Wallpaper #3, 1999, cut and layered paper

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With original receipt, framed and glazed


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Quint Contemporary Gallery, La Jolla, California

Private collection, California


Sight: Height 15.5 in. x Width 17.5 in.

Frame: Height 28.75 in. x Width 26 in.

About The Artist:

Al Souza was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1944. He studied civil engineering at the University of Massachusetts, earning his Bachelor's degree in 1967. In 1972, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and has since taught at several colleges and universities throughout the United States. Souza painted abstract works before giving up painting to create assemblages, or works made out of found objects, in the mid-1970s. These assemblages were the precursor to his "photoworks", shadow boxes containing an object and a series of Kodak color prints. When Souza tired of his photoworks, he switched back to being a painter. Though he has experimented extensively with different mediums, Souza's constant mission in art making was to expose the true nature of his materials. Since 1975, Souza has showed his works in solo exhibitions around the world.

Souza began this series by hunting for raw materials--in this case sections of old wallpaper printed with patterns and palettes he then transformed into something entirely new, and undeniably exquisite. Like the puzzle pieces, the wallpapers are layered, but unlike them, the cut works rely upon subtraction rather than addition.

Souza meticulously cuts ovals out of the sheets of printed paper in seemingly random patterns. What remains from each sheet is a lacy lattice. These are then reassembled on top of one another, in a particular order and orientation, such that the "tracery" from the assembled layers crisscross each other in a dense linear pattern. As one writer noted, "Souza's instinctive sense of balance counteracts the chaos produced by the layering of pattern." Indeed, the effect of the cut wallpaper work is very similar to an all-over painting by Jackson Pollock or, in the case of subtler color palettes, Mark Tobey.


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Al Souza (American, b. 1944), Wallpaper #3, 1999, cut and layered paper

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