Series: Transmigration (Transfered Soul) Medium: Wood engraving with chine-collé Dimensions: 12 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1944 Date finished: 1988 Edition: of 40
Medium: Mixed intaglio Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (Image) 14 7/8 x 11 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: German / American, 1899 - 1985 Date finished: 1944 Edition: 11/XXX Reference: Rose 232 Condition: Faint spot of soiling in center left margin. Soiling verso.
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 16 x 12 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1949 Date finished: 2005 Edition: of 15
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant):
"Robert Patierno's woodcuts are expressive depictions of nature, often vibrantly colored and highly abstract. 'November Fishing' uses a comparatively more calming color palette with gentle movement and delicate textures akin to impressionist paintings. Looking at this soothing piece instantly transports me to that small fishing boat in the middle of the shimmering, placid lake. I also find it interesting that Robert chose shades of blue and bright green to depict this November scene, as cooler tones aren't typically associated with late autumn. This may serve as a reminder that there is brightness and serenity to be found no matter where you are and no matter the season."
Medium: Sumi ink and gouache Dimensions: 22 x 30 inches (image/sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Pacific Northwest, American, 1947 Date Finished: 2015
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager, Marketing Coordinator):
"I am so captivated by Rob Connell's less-is-more, no-nonsense, it-is-what-it-is ink and gouache paintings. There is plenty of texture where there should be, plenty of contrast throughout, and nothing else to get in the way. His skies are often stark white, untouched and overexposed, while his windows are pitch black, completely concealing any interior. This piece has all of Connell's best features topped off with a uniquely pink building, speaking for the under-appreciated textures of our cities."
Medium: Woodcut, monotype Dimensions: 30 x 30 inches (image/sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1925 - 2016 Date finished: 1997 Edition: 38/75 Reference: Summers, 224
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"'Jungle Bouquet' brings me so much energy and joy. It takes Summers' signature bold colors and blurred lines even further so the tassels become hyper saturated red blobs. The proportions are complicated with huge palm trees fitting into a ceramic vase that occupies an entire stage setting. To me, these contradictions and oddities are just playful and inviting. I enjoy this piece at first glance every time I see it."
Medium: Woodcut and Pochior Dimensions: 15 x 11 inches (image/sheet) Signature: Signed Verso Artist details: American, 1955 Date Finished: 2013 Edition: of 13
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Specialist):
"Jean Gumpper's woodcuts are expressions of her experiences in nature and each print feels like a spontaneous glimpse into the natural world, dynamic and full of depth. For her piece titled 'Tracery', Jean combines traditional woodcut printing with pochoir, a French stencil-based technique, to create a deeply layered and multi-textured quality. The lively leaves and vines in the foreground wind over an intricate web of dark branches, which resembles tracery on a gothic window. I'm drawn to any metaphor between the natural world and historical architecture, and the play of light shining through this nature-formed window inspires my imagination."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 6 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1954 Date finished: 1999 Edition: XVI/XXX
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Specialist):
"Mikio Watanabe is known for his elegant and evocative depictions of nude figures, and the mezzotint 'Sur la Branche' is a wonderful example. The subject emerges from a somber atmosphere of black & gray tones, bathed in a soft luminescence. She has positioned herself on the branch with perfect balance and intention, unbothered by the seemingly immeasurable height below, radiating peace and quiet agency. With her head turned away and her identity hidden from the viewer, she keeps this moment to herself, like a precious secret. To the viewer, it feels like a privilege to observe this serene celebration of her strength and grace."
Medium: Woodcut and drypoint Dimensions: 14 x 9 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1983 Date Finished: 2014 Edition: 9/9 EV
Recommended by Suzannah (Marketing and Communications Manager):
"There is an aching tenderness and familiarity in Ellen Heck’s portraits of young people. Each child is full of peace and personality, and the combination of woodcut and drypoint mediums produces playful blocks of color and precise feathery lines. I was particularly struck by “Two”, a portrait of a child obscured but looking directly out of the page, holding two hearts against their chest. Worked exclusively in grey tones, the child’s expression shows such freedom and soulfulness, an ineffable emotion and state of being that feels unreachable in adult life. The child does not wonder who they are or how they must be in the world. They simply are themself, and have never considered being otherwise."
Medium: Intaglio Dimensions: 14 x 30 inches (image) Artist details: American , 1956 Date finished: 2002 Edition: 1/1
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant):
"Tallmadge Doyle's cosmic and nature-inspired intaglio prints strike an elusive balance between whimsical and grave, simultaneously conveying the beauty of the world and the pressing issues of climate change. Her intaglio print Winter Always Turns to Spring beautifully encapsulates the dark uncertainty around the future of our earth, and its place in the universe, with a message of ever-present hope. The layered star-like and spherical shapes call to mind the swirling cosmos, while the concentration of bright tones in the center draw the viewer through the dark celestial entanglement. This serves as a reminder that whether we are stuck inside the darkness of an unusually long winter or a web of demoralizing information, the light is never far beyond reach."
Series: La Lotería Medium: Silkscreen Dimensions: 22 1/2 x 17 inches (Image) 30 x 22 1/2 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Pacific Northwest Date finished: 2019 Edition: of 9 EV
José Guadalupe Posada exhibition: Posada's work continues to influence contemporary artists and printmakers. La Lotería is one example of art inspired by Posada's imagery.
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher):
"Christie Tirado, a contemporary artist and daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, brings a number of traditional Mexican heritage hallmarks to her contemporary screenprint. In ‘La Catrina’, Tirado elegantly combines hand-mixed colors that make the much larger than life Lotería card pop. She also carefully references a Día de los Muertos icon, while also giving a nod to the original creator and printmaker, José Posada, who created la Catrina as a dig on the wealthy upper class of Mexico. Lotería is popular all across Mexico today, but was initially brought to Mexico by Spanish colonizers and mostly played by the elite class. By combining a popular icon with a popular game, Tirado has crafted a stunning image that pulls from deep historical roots."
Medium: Aquatint, color etching Dimensions: 12 x 15 1/2 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Mexican, 1955 - 2013 Date finished: 2001 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
'Magnetismo' is a beautiful combination of fluidity and stability. The sky and sand are handled loosely to create a wild texture in the background while the foreground is much sharper with the firm lines of the woman, her hair and the bull. I am drawn to Mendez's work for his interest in Mexican magical realism and his emphasis of the woman as an active, powerful force. I always return to Mendez and find yet another reason why he is one of my favorite Mexican artists.
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 14 x 10 inches (Image) 18 7/8 x 12 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Welsh / English, 1864 - 1944 Date finished: 1901 Provenance: Exhibition: SAF 190, Goupil 1903 Condition: Good condition
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant): "I am captivated by the sitter in this Albert de Belleroche lithograph, La Toque Noire (The Black Hat). Belleroche's candid portrait of this early 20th century woman provides such a sensitive portrayal of her facial expression that the viewer can almost imagine what's on her mind- or at least is compelled to wonder. Despite her composed outward appearance, so much is contained in her far-off look. Is she simply day-dreaming out of boredom, or is she feeling a deep sense of ennui and disquiet? The rendering of her face is so nuanced that the viewer's own feelings easily influence their interpretation of her expression."
Medium: Reduction woodcut Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches (image) 13 x 11 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1938 Date Finished: 1997 Edition: AP of 14
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "My love for color and my love for poppies are intrinsically intertwined; Mortensen captures both in May Flowers. Orange and blue in particular are my favorite complimentary scheme. These colors make me feel inspired, creative, and energized."
Series: Sequential Portfolio Medium: Serigraph Dimensions: 26 x 19 inches Artist details: American, 1930 - 2020 Date finished: 1972 Edition: of 200 Publisher: Sanmore Editions, N.Y.
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Anusckiewicz uses color and form to create a striking composition filled with optical illusion. The piece features an irresistible candy-colored palette so challenging for the eyes and brain that it seems to vibrate on the paper. The precisely printed two-dimensional planes of color create the illusion of three dimensions, while the color blocks of the background blend together visually to create a rainbow gradient. This print is simple yet full of surprises."
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 30 x 30 inches (image/sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1925 - 2016 Date finished: 2010 Edition: 10/100 Reference: Summers 255
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "It's unusual for Carol Summers, known for his bold color palettes, to create a monochromatic woodcut. In our increasingly digital world, the RGB version of indigo permeates our lives as the go-to color for hyperlinks and other mundane digital functions. In Las Cascadeas De Tamasopo Summers reminds me of indigo's richness and beauty. This print makes me crave the pigment and everything I associate with it - summertime, Mediterranean waters, ceramics painted by hand. I feel enthralled as if I am seeing color for the first time."
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches (image) 19 3/4 x 27 1/2 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1961 Date finished: 2017 Edition: of 30
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Although now a favorite artist of mine, I originally found Keisuke Yamamoto's lithographs to be a bit austere. It wasn't until I took the time to continue looking that my experience of the scene transformed. Now I feel welcomed into the moment. I long to sit in the chair, to feel the breeze enter the room through the window, and to be warmed by the light. The artist has impeccable technique from the drawing stage to the printing of the lithograph. To watch him sharpen a litho pencil is to understand his precision. Through exquisite rendering, Yamamoto brings to life a place and a moment that I long to experience."
Medium: Lithograph Dimensions: 20 x 15 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1969 Date finished: 2003 Edition: of 23
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "The Wise Virgin by Jenny Schmid references the parable Jesus told about five foolish virgins and five wise virgins meeting their bridegroom for the first time without warning in the Christian bible. The parable is meant as a metaphor for being ready for death at all times. Once this story came out of the mouths of men at the pulpit, it was twisted to be a warning about women who are unchaste. In this lithograph, the central character is a girl who is afraid - hunched over and ducking away from the devil and his poisonous alcohol. She’s also clutching her bibles as she avoids the temptation of the man at her heel, not looking out for the female creature she steps on, unknowingly. This piece is different from Schmid’s other works she made around this time with alternate worlds where girls are adventurers who break from society’s prescribed roles for them. Instead, she’s using her expert lithographic skills to illustrate the harsh dichotomy girls have pushed on them - be a good girl or be a bad girl."
Medium: Drypoint Dimensions: 14 x 9 7/8 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1909 - 1982 Date of impression: 1940 Edition: 250 Publisher: Associated American Artists
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "The architectural detail of the Victorian style is beautifully detailed in this drypoint. In a world of fast production and cheap materials, this style appeals to a longing for craftsmanship of times past. In this way it tugs at a deep desire to pursue the more fulfilling aspects of human experience, regardless of the rhythm of modern life. It prompts us to seek out artists and craftspeople, support our local makers, and reject the blitz of corporate advertising. Both the drypoint medium and the architecture depicted remind us that the best things in life require time and great care, and bring us closer in touch with our fellow humans."
Medium: Mezzotint Dimensions: 12 x 9 1/2 inches (plate) Artist details: American, 1955 Date finished: 2001 Edition: 100
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."