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Artist's description:

This is an original acrylic painting on paper (thick, 100% rag). The subject matter is a contemporized version of "La Gioconda" by Leonardo da Vinci, commonly known as the Mona Lisa. Several additional figures as well as surreal and abstract elements have replaced the original portrait's setting. The palette is fairly broad and bright, primarily reds and blues.

This work was created for 'Art Barn', a gala celebration and month-long exhibition raising funds for the Denver Art Museum's Close Range Gallery collection back in 1987 in Denver, Colorado. The event was voted Best Art Event of the year by Denver's Westword Magazine with over 3,000 people attending the opening gala. This painting was the signature work of the exhibition and was featured in the exhibition catalog. It was also the image used for all posters, buttons, invites, and tickets for the event.

A digital copy of the catalog accompanying this artist's 2015 Museo de la Americas retrospective in which this work was featured will be included with the purchase of this work.

Title: "La Gioconda - the Daydream Continues"
Artist: Jerry De La Cruz (b 1948, Denver, CO)
Size: 31" height x 23" width (image)
39" height x 31" width (frame)
Medium: Acrylic & graphite on paper
Year: 1987
Framing: Artistic matting with black frame under glass as shown ready to hang
Signature: Front lower left (metallic gold for limited edition print run and poster) plus original front center right (black ink)

Jerry De La Cruz (b 1948, Denver, CO) has been a full-time professional fine artist since 1975. He was the subject of a museum-wide retrospective at Denver's Museo de las Americas in 2015-2016. He is listed among the three dozen most influential regional artists of the twentieth century in a Denver Post survey of regional curators and proved the best selling artist at the first International Latino Art Auction in Phoenix, AZ. The Denver Art Museum's first purchase of a living Hispanic's work for its permanent collection was a De La Cruz. Years later, he was the only artist considered when that same museum wanted to commission a major, contemporary digital work commemorating the opening of its new Libeskind Building. De La Cruz was the recipient of back-to-back artist in residency grants from Colorado in his early career and received as well their very last painting fellowship. Other honors include award of Best Art Event of the Year by Westword Magazine and appointment to Denver’s Commission on Arts and Culture.

Materials used:

Acrylic, Graphite

La Gioconda - the Daydream Continues (1987)

$2,500

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