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Scapa Evening

1973 Michael Dailey Born: Des Moines, Iowa 1938 Died: Seattle, Washington 2009 oil on canvas 44 1/2 x 44 1/4 in. (113.1 x 112.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Koenig 1974.19 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 43B


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Scapa Evening
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“By suggesting rather than defining, much is left for the viewer to imagine.” Artist’s statement, Seders Gallery, 2004

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Michael Dailey reworked the veil of color in Scapa Evening “over and over again” until he felt the hues were exactly right, and we can still see some of the underlying layers at the top of the image. This is an abstract painting, but the title suggests Dailey was inspired by the landscape of Scapa in Alberta, Canada. The misty tones of green, turquoise, and gray evoke the fading colors of dusk, from the brighter light at the horizon to the darker hues in the evening sky above.

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Abstract

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Michael Dailey

Born: Des Moines, Iowa 1938 Died: Seattle, Washington 2009

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