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Mary Lou Zelazny  Chicago, IL

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About Mary Lou

Mary Lou Zelazny was born in Chicago. She moved to California for college, but completed her study nearer home, receiving a BFA from the School of the Art Institute.

She has made collage paintings for twenty years. Blending spontaneity of collage with the rigor of painting and drawing, she creates multiple meanings in an improvised way. This unpredictable work mothod appeals to her because of the technical challenges it presents. ‘The fusion of photographic images and paint generates tensions within the vocabulary of picture making,’ she explains.

Zelazny sorts her work under separate headings—bodies of work dating back to the early 1980s. Some themes or motifs are recurrent, having been revisited or modified over the course of time, she says, but each period is distinct.

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"Thanks everyone. This is my first experience with artistaday. I appreciate all the comments and will visit this site again, to be sure."

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"Mary's paintings are so beautiful."

"Mary's artistry is so beautiful."

"I love the vibrancy of these paintings."

"these are both beautiful and the colors and styles that make up the painted people are like representations of what makes up people everywhere. these are both wonderful paintings that i would pay money for"

"amazing and evocative I especially feel drawn tothe first figure of a woman who appears not only multittextural but multinational Are these works or prints/pulls of same available?"

"Wow,colorful paintings..Very attractive.."

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"I love this, and could get lost in it."

"Such rich, vibrant colors!"

"LOVE THIS! so much depth and movement!"

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