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Painter cleans up with paper towel art

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:28

Sept. 5 - U.S. artist Ken Delmar has his first New York gallery show of oil paintings he created on paper towels. Tara Cleary reports.

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Seventy-one-year-old Ken Delmar has been painting most of his life. But a glance at paper towels in his trash can has led him to newfound fame. SOUNDBITE: Ken Delmar, artist, saying (English): "I noticed that the colors on the paper towels were much more vibrant and snappy and calling out from the bottom of the trash bin. As opposed to the thing I'd been so carefully working on for hours." Delmar landed his first New York City gallery show, featuring oil paintings he created on paper towels. SOUNDBITE: Ken Delmar, artist, saying (English): "I like that, that the paper towel grabs the paint right off the brush and then piles it up into two layers. And then the colors get really snappy." The septuagenarian's week-long show includes celebrity portraits, collages and trios of paintings. Prices range from $1,500 to $10,000 U.S. dollars. And for those who may wonder if these seemingly flimsy artworks will last ... SOUNDBITE: Ken Delmar, artist, saying (English): "People say, 'Oh, it's a paper towel, you know, how long could it last?' Well it's going to last a long, long time because the paper is primed. And then I imbue every dab of color with a gel, almost like fiberglass. And then the whole thing is framed between two sheets of Plexiglas with UV protection. So, you know, these things are going to be here a long time." But the exhibition won't. It's at the George Billis Gallery in Manhattan until September the 14th.

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Painter cleans up with paper towel art

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:28