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Roy De Forest

Drawing XVII
1974
oil crayon and colored pencil
22 7/16 x 30 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Unfettered imagination is at the day-glo heart of Roy De Forest's complex and whimsical compositions. "One of the most important things to me as an artist is the discovery of what is possible. . . . Drawing and even painting are much closer to the very human activity of making a mess or making mud pies than they are to learning to draw or paint. You have some color, you have some charcoal . . . what kinds of castles can you make?"