Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 12 x 9 1/2 inches Artist details: American, 1955 Date finished: 2001 Edition: AP
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Art Werger always puts mezzotint to good use and he uses it to its fullest in this dark, snowy scene. Passage has all of the best elements of a night scene - high contrast, shadows, reflections, and mystery. The subtle differences in the footprints tell you which figures are coming and which are going, but their faces are obscured by darkness and their umbrellas fighting against the wind. I feel cold but comforted imagining myself in the quiet night, my footsteps muted by the snow. The lighting and depth of view reminds me of other great artists like John Sloan and others of the 1920s-40s. It is a beautifully executed, timeless scene."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Irish, 1979 Edition: of 10
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Mezzotints hold a special place in my heart with their high contrast, rich textures, and visual softness. In Habitat, Layton effortlessly burnishes and scrapes out the folds and stripes of the circus tent and mirrors them on the zebra’s body. He sets us up to reflect on how we view and use animals and people that are strange or exotic to the common American crowd. Placing these two distinct symbols side by side, Layton points out the peculiar relationship that exists between wild animals, performers, human entertainment, and consumption of the exotic or 'other'. It begs the question of what or who are Americans harming in our unchecked need to be entertained or desire to fill a void in lack of interest in day to day life?"
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 3 7/8 x 2 7/8 inches Artist details: American, 1988 Date finished: 2015 Edition: of 10
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Arts Photographer & Content Publisher): "Flaherty’s control over the mezzotint process is stunning. She is able to effectively scrape and remove the burs that hold ink, leaving space for the white of the paper to shine through. She’s chosen to give attention to American Pit Bull Terriers in this series - showing audiences the sweet kindness and personalities these pups innately have. This breed is often punished for its bad reputation."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 6 x 3 3/4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1954 Date finished: 2016 Edition: of 90 Reference: 380
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Mikio Watanabe captures the soft warm glow of summer in this sweet image. Yet over the years in this region the end of summer has become a season of miserable heat and hazy poor air quality. This droopy sunflower perfectly captures how I feel as we settle in to August and the smoke rolls in. The glow is lovely, but I am exhausted and dreaming of cloudy skies and rain."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 11 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches (Plate) 17 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1958 Date finished: 1992 Edition: of 120
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Summer Serenade always makes me nostalgic for the New York of the 70s. Through this image, I can feel the heat and humidity that draws New Yorkers out of their apartments and onto the stoop to chat, play music, and enjoy the night air. It is a scene that reminds me of an era but is still timeless. Even when I've just visited New York, Mershimer's portrayal makes me want to go back."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches (Image) 9 x 8 5/8 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1967 Edition: of 40
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "This piece from Japanese mezzotint artist, Kouki Tsuritani, has the exact spirit that inspires me now. It features two gender-neutral fish, a perfect identical pair, united by holding hands. The image's clear and simple background draws our attention to the two creatures. They are in focus, unified, and moving forward together."
Iwana - Nakatsugawa (Char - a River in Central Honshu)
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 12 inches (plate) 11 1/2 x 15 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1950 Edition: of 25
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "I have always appreciated how Hiroshima can capture the personalities and unique characters of his animals. In this piece, the bright eyes and open mouth of the fish make it seem alive and alert. The artist is also excellent with the color mezzotint technique. Here the dark blues and reds of the water tells the viewer that the fish is swimming deep in the river. The color gradients in the water and the fish's belly are incredibly smooth and natural."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 5 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: 1948 Date finished: 1981 Edition: of 12
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "This mezzotint by Seattle artist Carl Chew was commissioned by Davidson Galleries in 1981 as an experiment with Japanese pre-rocked mezzotint plates. The intended edition of 20 impressions was not possible due to the premature breakdown of the rocked surface. The artist's stamp-related image reflects his involvement with mail art on an international level. Works surrounding his invented notion of a Prehistoric Post Office traveled all over the world and were part of a Davidson Galleries exhibition that toured Canada and the U.S. with works by other members of the multinational Artist Stamp movement."
Medium: Mezzotint, drypoint Dimensions: 12 x 17 3/4 inches Artist details: American, 1950 Date finished: 2011 Edition: of 26
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Mary Farrell has created a strong unapologetic, outwardly looking, "in your face" portrait using her mezzotint rocker in a creative and expressive manner. The multiple teeth digging into the plate, forming parallel patterns, as opposed to the rocker's usual technique of covering the whole plate with a velvety looking surface. She has contrasted that deep luxurious surface at the bottom of the image with the stark face peering out."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches (plate) 29 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Australian, 1959 Date finished: 2009 Edition: of 30
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): Cleo Wilkinson is a master of capturing expressions and minute detail of the human face in mezzotint. Here, the figure is as striking as it is imperceptible. The black space consumes the figure while also drawing out the position of the hands, the light on the clavicle, the room that surrounds them.