Medium: Screenprint Dimensions: 24 x 17 1/2 (Block and sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Mexican, 1972 Date finished: 2004 Edition: of 14
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Artemio Rodríguez has a wonderful talent for making even the dead feel fresh and alive. In this piece, the classic Día de los Muertos Mexican style is given new life. The skeleton horse and his skeleton cowboy take over the scene and ride guns blazing. The horse's eyes and mane are crazed, and the cowboy's boots look as pristine as ever. The energy is electric."
Series: Our Young Folks Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 3 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches Artist details: American, 1836 - 1910 Date of impression: July 1868 Reference: Gelman 175, Beam 145
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Homer was an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly in New York in the 1860’s, a magazine that centered imagery, rather than text. This wood engraving by Winslow Homer, made in July 1868, connects its viewers of the 1800s and us, almost 200 years later, to the same summertime activity of picking strawberries. The world shifts and changes, but there are some things that we all look forward to each summer."
The Blue Town of Water Where Starfish are Flying (旅立つもの 見送るもの)
Medium: Etching and aquatint Dimensions: 7 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (Image) 13 1/4 x 17 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1957 Edition: of 35
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Asahi’s work perfectly balances technical skill with playfulness. This particular etching is full of graceful arcs and twirls that spin the viewer in towards the town at the center. Asahi uses her signature color palette to create a softness that’s pleasing to look at with tiny pops of color that also serve to direct the viewer’s eye. Each character depicted is given importance and movement - even the buildings seem to be enjoying themselves, tucked between the jumping fish and waves of the water."
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 4 inches (Plate) 11 3/8 x 7 3/4 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Ukrainian, 1961 Date finished: 2007 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Oleksiy Fedorenko creates wildly enigmatic etchings, and I treasure them all. His works are full of absurdity, whimsicality and subtlety, and yet are so clear - exactly as he describes them. In Person with Bell, there is certainly a person and a bell, but the title is comically reductive. He even writes the title in lovely script in the plate. But he fails to mention that the person seems to have four eyes, there is also a person with towering hair, small castles in space, and floating, glowing microbes or generally unidentified squiggles. It's human yet fantastical and otherworldly. I haven't the slightest about when or where this scene is from, but I'm captivated."
Medium: Intaglio and linocut Dimensions: 4 x 6 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: 1973 Date finished: 2009 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Wuon Gean Ho’s Devour V is from a series of intaglios she created in 2009. This series begins with a woman asleep, laying on top of a tiger. The cat awakes first and begins walking around until the woman also awakes and opens her feral-looking eyes. They separate from one another, and begin sizing each other up as they circle. They grapple, but do eventually come to terms with each other (tiger licks the woman’s face) before dissolving into each other and the landscape. Devour V illustrates the moment when the woman is fully awake to her struggle with full realization of her circumstances and is actively fighting. Part of being human is coming to terms with our own wild cats that can wake up in us. Eventually, there will be peace and acceptance, but we first have to face them. Ho makes this struggle look sensual and chaotic with her use of subtle plate tone wiping and overlapping hatch marks in the plate. She effectively captures how it can feel to be rolling about with one’s own demons in the intimate space of our own heads."
Medium: Color etching Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 6 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1929 - 2017 Date finished: 1999 Edition: AP, numbered
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "As soon as spring slowly emerges in the Pacific Northwest, my focus turns to sunshine and bright colors to pull me out of winter. This etching is the perfect remedy for spring fever. The poppy's red could not be more intense and the contrast of the black could not be richer. Poppies are underestimated for their small size but I appreciate their wild nature and bold color; small but mighty, one of Art Hansen's specialties."
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 15 x 5 3/8 inches Signature: Signed in the stone Artist details: French, 1872 - 1909
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Paul Berthon, known for his art nouveau style in advertisements and posters, sets up the viewer to focus on the model’s body with her pale skin contrasted against the muted colors of the background. Once the viewer gets closer, though, the seemingly straightforward print begins to shift with a nod to ‘Through the Looking Glass’, where things aren’t what they seem. The model has been posed in a way that puts her body on display against a variety of textures on the wall and floor behind her. Despite her static pose, she appears to be pulled towards the bottom left of the image - towards the rabbit. Her gaze is fixed on the white rabbit, but the rabbit (whose feet mirror the woman’s) is looking back at the viewer, smiling mischievously."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (Blocks) 10 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1940 Date finished: 2008 Edition: of 35
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Tetsuo Aoki is a master of illustrating people, relationships, and emotions. This woodcut in particular speaks volumes about the world today. The figure's back is arched in order to put their head in their exaggerated hands. The posture speaks to the angst and despondency of the main figure, as does the darkness of the ink. Meanwhile, through the gap we can see other people walking by as if all is normal. In the Hand is a small and intimate woodcut that mirrors how I feel while overwhelmed by these tragic events."
Medium: Ink drawing on paper Dimensions: 6 x 5 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1929 - 2004 Date finished: 1975
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Wesley Wehr was known for living and creating modestly. Legend has it, he would carry an entire exhibition's worth of artwork in a small briefcase and could be found drinking coffee in the U District with his briefcase in tow. But what his drawings and paintings lack in size they make up for in charm and detail. His imaginary figures are drawn so carefully, without any stray lines or second thoughts, as if he always knew how the figure would emerge from the paper. Although I would never have invented the same figure, it made perfect sense to me from the moment I saw it."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1937 - 2012 Date finished: 1992 Edition: of 27 Reference: LD 192
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "During a road trip along highway 101, in the middle of nowhere, my friend and I pulled over to look at the stars near the edge of a cliff. There was no light pollution and we stood there in the freezing cold for a long while - silent and still. It’s a powerful thing to feel that small underneath something so big. I was reminded of my human-ness and felt connected to that stillness and place. Lockwood Dennis captures so much of how I felt in that moment. His works typically have multiple colors, but here, Dennis chose to let a single color convey the magnitude of a brief moment. This small woodcut even captures the bright glow of the stars reflected on the cliff face."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 12 x 8 inches (image) 17 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1987 Date finished: 2019 Edition: AP
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "I'm delighted and pleasantly surprised by how lasting an impression this graphic yucca print has left on me since first seeing it. The vertical format, rich black gradient, and unexpected use of negative space are simple and satisfying. There's nothing to overthink and everything to enjoy. It's incredibly charming how Spitzack has taken an ordinary subject and made such striking imagery with it."
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 5 x 6 1/2 inches Artist details: Japanese, 1964 Date finished: 2007 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Toru Sugita is a California-based Japanese artist and teacher who creates a variety of landscape and city scene prints. He has spent years thinking about changing light and is an expert at capturing each specific type of light that is unique to a place and a moment. On My Balcony I is a beautiful, simple wood engraving that captures a very individual scene: "my" balcony. It isn't lavish or curated; it isn't full of lush plants or exciting people - it's simple and sincere. The intimate process of carving a wood block is felt in this small piece. I feel the block's texture and the quiet moments that the artist spent with it. Now that we often think about curating images of our lives to only present the very best and most exciting aspects of ourselves, I am fascinated by Sugita's emphasis on the ordinary."
Medium: Reduction woodcut Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1938 Date Finished: 1982 Edition: of 300
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Gordon Mortensen is known for his use of vibrant color palettes and his richly detailed reduction woodcut landscapes. In Winter Sumac, the palette is just ever so slightly 'muted' in comparison - if you consider gorgeous lilac and fuschia tones muted. This scene, like all of his landscapes, makes me want to go outside and appreciate the beauty of nature during this cold winter season."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches (image) 10 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Australian, 1959 Date finished: 2020 Edition: of 40
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "Cleo Wilkinson's figures in black send chills down my spine. In Then IV, the boy's skin is velvet against the black circle. You can make out the fuzz of his short hair and maybe even a few goosebumps on his back. The circle perfectly frames the quiet scene and draws your attention in to the beautiful shadows and transitions. Wilkinson has a unique eye for the perfect moment to zoom in, the right glance or breath. Then IV is a calm, beautiful moment that I love to get lost in."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1987 Date finished: 2010 Edition: AP
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "This striking image was created from a single woodblock. Spitzack convincingly captures what it is to struggle against the wind. The power required to combat that force and the resulting negative space left behind, are reinforced by the bent posture and aggressive treatment of the arms and hands of the figure."
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 5 x 4 7/8 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Russian, 1959 Date finished: 2010 Edition: of 60
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "This tiny etching is expertly crafted by Eastern European artist, Vladimir Zuev, to illustrate the story of Leda and the swan (aka, Zeus pretending to be a swan). Zeus seduces or rapes Leda, depending on the storyteller. Zeus fills the background, but subtly, despite his violent action. Instead, Zuev centers the story on Leda and does not overly sexualize her like most popular depictions, including not giving her hair. There are clues to her gender, but she is closed off to the viewer with her crossed legs and bent arms - not available for visual consumption. Instead, Leda is looking directly at the viewer - forcing us to look at her humanity.
This image serves as a reminder that violence towards women is still prevalent, but not just in overt actions. It exists in the books we read, the media we consume, the words we use, the stories we retell, the art we purchase. This small image packs a very large punch and reminds us to critically analyze our own behaviors and constructs of thinking around women and violence."
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: 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."
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: Intaglio and linocut Dimensions: 6 x 8 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: 1973 Date finished: 2009 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "This piece is masterful in its use of simplicity. Ho is in complete control of each line and thus controls the texture, movement, and dimension of the piece. Yet it looks effortless and natural. Ho has created a beautiful moving landscape within the image."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 16 x 13 inches (Image) 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: Woodcut Dimensions: 10 x 6 inches (image) 12 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1940 Date finished: 2002 Edition: of 77
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): The need for human touch and connection, reaching for a hand in the dark, is beautifully conveyed here. The tension of how close each pair comes, and the anticipation that some of them might just be about to touch, is masterfully done. The quality of the shapes with their rough edges, the soft texture of the ink and paper, and the vertical composition all compliment each other in a way that is incredibly pleasing.
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: 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.
Days And Nights That Scatter In The Cosmos (宇宙に散る昼と夜)
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (Plate) 10 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (Sheet) Artist details: Japanese, 1966 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): This piece is another small window into a vast world. The combination of textures and subtlest hints of color add so much interest with so few marks.
Medium: Etching Dimensions: 6 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches (Plate) 12 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches (Sheet) Artist details: Japanese, 1966 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): The vertical lines in this piece read as rain to me, and this is one of my favorite interpretations of rain in print. The varied droplets and lines make a beautiful pattern. The little creatures in their little worlds inspire the imaginative child in me.
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (Image) 9 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1967 Date Finished: 2018 Edition: of 100
Recommended by Nikki(Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): Tsuritani’s work reminds me to laugh and to not take everything so seriously. Life goals and walking along a journey of healing can feel impossible, overwhelming, and lonely. Learning to laugh during the process and feel the silliness is a welcome lightness.
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.
Medium: Silkscreen on somerset paper Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 6 inches (image) 15 x 11 1/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: British Chinese, 1973 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Nikki(Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): Viewers are not permitted to see the face of the figure, but are permitted to see the eyes and face of the elk spirit acknowledging us. We are shown a connection to something that cannot speak, but is visible in the elk. Its freedom, trapped in a human body, wearing a dress, is able to confront and take up space the physical form of the woman is not.
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: Linocut Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 5 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: Mexican, 1972 Date finished: 2004 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Paige(Collections Manager): I hold in high regard every work by Artemio Rodríguez, and this piece is especially interesting for all of its details.The woman thinks only of money, the devils pull the deceased into the mouth of a monster, and it is rounded out with “Death of the Sinner” on a scroll. I also love how the Latin phrase is rewritten as the much more crass: “Go to Hell”.The artist holds no punches.