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: Drypoint Dimensions: 2 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches Artist details:Pacific Northwest, American, 1976 Date Finished: 2017 Edition: of 5
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Ben Beres consistently surprises me in the ways that he can make me laugh and make me cry. Beres creates a range of works from bold and direct to intricate and convoluted. For me, Your Heart is so wonderful because it is visually bold but the feelings it carries are complicated and intricate. The print is hot pink and punchy, overstated and simple. But its simplicity also gives it honesty and shows raw emotion. The language reminds me of a teenage tantrum yet with a deep and dark emotion behind it. The words seem painstakingly handwritten, not elegantly but heartbreakingly. First it seems inviting, then it brings you to your knees."
Medium: Monoprint, serigraph, and stencil Dimensions: 28 1/2 inch diameter (Image) 35 x 35 inches (Backing) Signature: Signed Artist details: American Date finished: 2018 Edition: 1/1
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "Sands is a Minneapolis based artist whose work is known nationally and internationally. She strongly embraces what she calls "women's work" and the often neglected appreciation of the art behind the craft and the making of utilitarian objects like needlepoint doilies intended for use around the home. Many of her images celebrate the beauty, delicacy and how labor intensive these commonplace pieces were. In her Revolution series the artist uses the layering of multiple processes to reference the beauty and complexity of such forms."
Medium: Etching with chine-collé Dimensions: 9 x 14 inches (Image) 12 x 17 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Pacific Northwest, American Date Finished: 2016 Edition: of 3 EV
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Storytelling is paramount in Michèle Landsaat's works, which are created for narrative artist's books. The Busy City is a backdrop for one such story, and its whimsical frenzy draws you in to the imagined world. Landsaat creates a tapestry of details in the style of simplicity, layered with countless invitations to the viewer's curiosity. Viewed outside the context of an artist's book, the viewer begins to tell stories of their own about the characters and moments within. Busy City is a delicious opportunity to unleash the imagination."
Medium: Color drypoint Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 12 1/2 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1944 Date finished: 1997 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "Liza Jones' Winter Dune is a color drypoint in which she exploits both the delicacy and strength possible with the drypoint process. She effectively captures the coast dune landscape alternating with marshy wetlands. Her mark making is convincing."
Medium: Collagraph Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1921 - 2017 Edition: 2/50
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "John Ross was an important artist and publisher (High Tide Press) in the printmaking community and was instrumental to the development of the collagraph along with his wife, Clare Romano, and Glen Alps. Of the collagraph process, Ross once said, "From these ordinary materials, I can create city streets, mountains, canyons, pueblo dwellings, oil refineries, skyscrapers, and other constructions, either realistic or visionary." Refinery shows all that Ross accomplished with collagraphs in a beautifully balanced composition. The piece stays true to the industrial nature of a refinery while adding rich texture, sumptuous color, and engaging detail."
Medium: Monotype Dimensions: 13 x 38 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1962 Date finished: 2018 Edition: 1/1
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Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "This piece masterfully embodies three compelling elements; the satisfying contrast between the day and night sky, the mysterious appeal of light portrayed on paper, and mankind's deep fascination with the spiritual implications of our massive universe. Orville has neatly packaged time and space into a comprehensible experience contained on the paper, allowing the viewer to experience the marvel of staring at the heavens without the anxiety of how miniscule and fleeting we are. Her flawless monotype technique is photo-realistic, yet the soft quality of the ink is far more soothing than looking at the real thing."
Medium: Collagraph Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches (Plate) 25 1/4 x 36 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1914 - 1996 Date finished: 1958 Edition: #2 of 8
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): “Three Shadows by Glen Alps illustrates some of my favorite effects one can achieve with Collagraphs, a term the artist coined to describe a mixed media plate. The different heights of the elements give a sculptural feeling when printed. The ink has been lovingly rubbed into all the nooks and crannies and then removed sparingly to maintain the multi dimensionality during the ink transfer from plate to paper. The use of a simple, commercial, paint additive of ground walnut shells instead of carborundum to Elmers glue gives a solid, yet sumptuous, weight to the solid forms. This is an early collagraph from the late ‘50s and shows that his later works did not stray too far from the principals and richness of these early pieces. It is reassuring to see his works re-emerging from long held collections, giving us another chance to make their acquaintance."
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: 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: Woodcut Dimensions: 11 5/8 x 17 inches Artist details: American, 1925 - 2016 Date Finished: 2007 Edition: of 100 Reference: Summers, 249
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Arts Photographer & Content Publisher): "Carol Summers’ woodcut lacks crisp lines and edges, as is characteristic of his works. Unlike his other works, though, he used only two colors in ‘The Torture President’s Legacy’. Summers takes an internationally well known symbol of America and blurs its distinctness as the blue ink mixes with the red as the two pigments lift off the block and migrate onto tissue thin paper via solvents. This work particularly struck me, as I went through the gallery’s inventory, after the current president’s reaffirmation of America’s ban on torture during his meeting with President Ghani and Chairman Abdullah of Afghanistan several days ago. Summers may have been turning a critical eye on Bush in 2007 when this piece was made, but the damage was done and the legacy of horror continued in different ways under each new president. Will America always blur its lines when it comes to basic inalienable rights of all people, including its own?"
Series: Truisms 1979-1983 Medium: Original wood postcard, screenprint text on birch Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches Artist details: American, 1950 Publisher: Fotofolio/Artpost
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Jenny Holzer is one of my favorite artists, and she continues to use language to attack, provoke, and otherwise call out wrongs in the world, including in the Trump era. What I find most compelling about her work is its simplicity and its audacity. Holzer has famously said: "I used language because I wanted to offer content that people – not necessarily art people – could understand." Her work doesn't usually rely on a specific medium; the words could be on an electronic billboard, a t-shirt, or a postcard like this one. However this piece is so excellent because the red text and imperfect printing highlight the message."
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 8 x 11 inches (image), 12 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1940 Date finished: 2003 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "One of my favorite wood engravings comes from the master himself, Barry Moser. This piece is a bit unusual for its use of colored paper, but is also a classic representation of Moser's impossibly fine lines. The blue paper compliments the animal's light eyes and surrounding darkness. I once read an interview where Moser talked about his love of opposites and how he uses them in work, like serious vs. comedic, expected vs. unexpected, complex vs. simple etc. This piece holds many opposites like the technical skill and traditional stylings compared to the often ignoble cow. I love how this cow gets a royal treatment only Barry Moser could give, complete with a laurel wreath and the title The Old Gentleman."
Medium: Reduction woodcut Dimensions: 29 x 40 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1938 Date Finished: 2005 Edition: of 70
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "Gordon Mortensen's reduction woodcut Bearded Iris shows the artist's particular mastery of this demanding process where one block is systematically cut away then printed (on each sheet for the intended edition) with the next color leading finally to the full color effect. There is no going back, no second edition, as the original block surface has gradually been eliminated. The crucial color choices and their sequence make the intended space and volumes credible in the final image."
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 16 x 12 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1969 Date finished: 2010 Edition: of 40
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "This wild, colorful lithograph from Jenny Schmid has all of the new energy I feel each spring. Her color palette is perfectly vibrant and fresh – even the flies following the skateboarders seem cheerful. It features some of Jenny's signature motifs, including eyes in the sky, text banners, and strong women. My favorite elements are the rat- and bird-girls, but there are treasures in every corner of this print."
Medium: Intaglio Dimensions: 15 x 10 inches Artist details: American, 1984 Date finished: 2011 Edition: of XV
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "There is a memory-like quality to Lingscheit’s hand-pulled print, with it’s soft plate tones and blank spaces. “Sunday” brings up questions around genderism and Western Christian culture’s long history of upholding patriarchal systems, including men being hunters and providers. Why is it that a hunter’s kill is able to take up space, while women are asked to disappear as outlined voids? Despite the clear allusions to women being at the mercy of men’s decisions, the piece also offers a reclamation of power. In this scene, the women hold the most visual ‘weight’ and ground the entire image with their high contrast and distinct negative space silhouettes - forcing the viewer to acknowledge them."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1925 - 2016 Date finished: 1982 Edition: Proof Reference: Summers, 174
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Deltais an incredibly, vibrant, sumptuous print from Carol Summers. The red is even more bold and rich in person. This woodblock shows many of Carol's unique printing techniques. The waves at the top of the image have beautiful transitions, which were made by printing on both sides of the paper. Solvent is sprayed on the sheet after printing to cause the ink to become an integral part of the paper, like a dye, and giving them almost a watercolor effect and translucency. There is perfect contrast between the texture of these waves and the solid red and heavy blue, showing the mastery in his own style."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 16 x 13 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1937 - 2012 Date finished: 1985 Edition: of 10 Reference: LD 16
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "This lovely monochromatic scene by Lockwood Dennis is a perfect package of sentimental Seattle; the street scene with the viaduct and Puget Sound views, all just moments away from our gallery, encapsulates the essence of what I hold dear about my home city."
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches (image) 11 x 7 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, b. 1975 Edition: of 50
Text: "It was the start of only a small thing, but, it is only the sum of many small things that makes something great."
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Andy Farkas gently draws viewers into this fairytale-like scene with his delicately carved woodcut that only fills a portion of the soft paper. The only color present is the transparent blue ink of the small letterpress text, floating above the scene. The simplicity of the language and composition give both visual and emotional space for viewers to breathe and digest the full impact of his message; and soon becomes a meditative experience."
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: Graphite and crayon on paper Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches Signature: Signed and dated in pencil Artist details: American, 1941 - 1994 Date finished: 1981
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "I love that this drawing shows a setting that we don't often see in the art world but is a part of our landscape. It has Steensma's characteristic loose, messy style in the best way - the letters are carelessly drawn and everything seems to be on a tilt. To me it feels like a quick but sincere capturing of a Northwest scene."
Medium: Drypoint Dimensions: 3 x 15 inches (image) 7 3/4 x 22 11/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Pacific Northwest, American, 1976 Date Finished: 2017 Edition: of 5
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): I'm very drawn to Ben Beres' pieces with a single, evocative phrase. It leaves a lot open to interpretation, and the appeal for me is the curiosity I have about what he thinking about or referring to when he made it. I chose this one for its unexpectedly bright colors.
Medium: Etching, chine-collé Dimensions: 6 x 4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details:Pacific Northwest, American, 1976 Date Finished: 2012 Edition: of 7
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): Ben Beres' work is like someone's diary exploded onto a few hundred sheets of paper, and I'm the type of person who would kill to read everyone's diaries. Fuck is my favorite word, and this sentiment sums up how I feel about 2020.
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 5 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, b. 1975 Edition: of 100
Text: "Through it all, Squirrel never asked him, 'why.' Mole loved him for that."
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): This piece is touching. The way that Mole holds his tail is so nervous and vulnerable, and the feeling of pure, selfless caretaking really moves me. I can't even quite tell exactly what Squirrel is doing for Mole, and it still makes me tear up every time.
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 9 x 7 inches (image) 15 x 11 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1937 - 2012 Date finished: 1992 Edition: of 21 Reference: LD 199
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): Seattle legend, Lockwood Dennis, pulls the still sweetness of a nighttime walk through the city into this small print for us. Dennis' skill with carving tools is impressive. With as few marks as possible, he curves the blades of grass, hints at clouds being lit by moonlight, and makes the sleeping buildings glow - all with only the barest hint of the moon's crescent shape peeking out from the top of the image. I like how this print packs a great deal of feeling into it, without needing any color to tell a beautiful story.
Series: The Irreverences, Provocations, & Connivances of Uncle Skulky Medium: Drypoint, spit bite Dimensions: 7 1/8 x 5 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1942 Date finished: 2003 Edition: AP
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): Frank Boyden’s Uncle Skulky series is equal parts humor, rumination and commentary. I enjoy this piece for the way traditional, angelic gold beams are paired with a deranged skeleton. It’s nearly impossible for me to name just one Uncle Skulky as my favorite, but this one is perhaps the most uplifting.
Series: The Birds of America Medium: Hand-colored lithograph Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches (sheet) Artist details: American, 1785 - 1851 Date finished: 1840-1844 Edition: First Royal Octavo Printer: J.T. Bowen Publisher: J.J. Audubon Condition: Original pages with text accompanies the work.
Recommended by Nikki(Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): Herons are solitary creatures who are always watching and observing. They have a dinosaur-like appearance that I feel hints of an ancient wisdom. But when they are disrupted or startled, they become rather clumsy creatures. From the clumsiness of the elegant heron, I am reminded even the wisest have blind spots and things to learn.
Medium: Etching with chine-collé Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 21 1/4 inches (plate) 33 x 27 1/2 inches (sheet) Artist details: American, 1963 Date finished: 2017 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Nikki(Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): This piece is a retelling of a folktale involving a heron, fish, and a crab. I’ve heard many versions of this story and I always wonder at how things would have gone differently for the characters if the heron had chosen to help, rather than manipulate and indulge. The fish would have lived, the heron would have been able to experience community, and the crab would be able to find peace. Lader's symbolic detail and careful chine-collé of colorful washi paper, elegantly walks the viewer through this story and its facets in one image.
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 6 x 4 1/2 inches (plate) 11 x 8 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1950 Date finished: 2007 Edition: of 40
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): The texture of this etching is even more incredible in person, from the tiny dots to the craters of the molars. I love the unique perspective where this piece positions the viewer, and the way that Mary Farrell combines abstract and representational details to depict communication (and miscommunication).
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 6 x 4 1/2 inches (plate) 11 x 8 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1950 Date finished: 2007 Edition: of 30
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): In a time where we are often thinking about dialogue, communication, and connection with others, Mary Farrell’s work speaks volumes to me. The image is incredibly chaotic and abstract, but the title grounds the piece to reveal a culmination of ideas coming from different perspectives.
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 5 x 7 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1958 Date finished: 2011 Edition: of 45
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): I am often drawn to a strong title, and the title “Man with a Gun” brings out the best in the piece. The image is loaded before we even begin to interpret Fitzpatrick’s puzzling iconography. There is a peculiar chaos and anxiety that we experience as interpreters of the work, trying to analyze the familiar yet incomplete symbols.