Gerome Kamrowski - Deep Ocean
American, 1914 - 2004
Deep Ocean, 1969
Acrylic on Paper, 26 x 42 inches

Gift of family and friends in memory of Charles H, Ihling (MBA '78)

Ann Arbor artist Gerome Kamrowski's contributions to the surrealist and abstract expressionist movements in American art are represented in major museums in the U.S. and worldwide. During the late 1930s and 40s, Kamrowski was part of a group of young artists based in New York, which included Jackson Pollack and Robert Motherwell. Kamrowski's work from this period, including his collaborative painting with Pollock and William Baziotes, is still being shown internationally. In 1948, Gerome Kamrowski moved to Ann Arbor, where he taught at the University of Michigan School of Art until his retirement in 1982. During the Art School years he continued to exhibit widely and maintained an active studio life. His work ranges from paintings and collages on canvas and paper to an investigation of the use of industrial materials and an interest in painted geodesic domes.

In Deep Ocean, Kamrowski confronts the viewer with two mysterious beings. Although the beautiful colors and textures suggest the waving motions of some incredible fish, they also present a form that appears to be some ancient fossil. Its precise identity remains elusive.