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What's Black and White and Just a Little Cheesed Off?

Diane Woodward


Did you know that every zebra has a unique set of stripes? Drawn to the zebra's contrasting black and white patterning, regional artist Diane Woodward first began to depict these animals in her work in the 1980s. Based in Madoc, ON, Woodward has continued to paint these animals amidst a profusion of brightly coloured patterns throughout her career, as can be seen in this 2009 acrylic work, “What’s Black and White and Just a Little Cheesed Off?”

MEDIUM Acrylic on wood
DATE 2009
DIMENSIONS 52.7cm x 67.9cm x 2.5cm
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Glenn and Barbara McInnes, 2019
A bright, heavily patterned painting on an oval board features the head and neck of a zebra (animal), facing the viewer with barred teeth. The background is painted in a purple gradient filled with blue spheres that decrease in size from edges to center. There is a wide black and white checkered border framing the image, accented with yellow and red and blue and purple lines and dashes.

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