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: Marbled monoprint Dimensions: 15 x 11 1/8 inches (Image/Sheet) Signature: Signed verso Artist details: Pacific Northwest, American, 1976 Date finished: 2021 Edition: 1/1
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant):
I love Ben Beres' marbled monoprints and the vibrant texture of this piece makes it an easy favorite of mine. Beyond the beautiful color palette, Beres' bold display of a word associated with quiet loneliness is compelling (and rather ironic) and represents the complexities of human emotions. We may feel isolated, whether by choice or otherwise, while simultaneously yearning to be seen and understood. The large text and brilliant colors are impossible to ignore, igniting an almost synesthetic call for attention and connection.
Medium: Woodcut Dimensions: 18 x 54 inches (image/sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1952 Date finished: 2007 Edition: of 16
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager):
Karen Kunc's large evocative woodcuts are inspired by human relationships to nature and landscape. She brings elements from many cultures into her work, including Moorish, Spanish, and Japanese influences. Kunc is a master of woodcut and is distinguished from other artists by her innovations in the medium.We look forward to her solo exhibition of artist books at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum next month.
Medium: Etching and engraving Dimensions: 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Russian, 1976 Date finished: 2018 Edition: AP of XX
Recommended by Suzannah (Marketing and Communications Manager):
Ivan Rusachek’s dreamlike etchings deliver the viewer into a liminal world. In“Full Moon - 100 Years of Solitude,”he references the magic realist masterpiece of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The woman depicted in this etching looks right into the viewer, much the way characters from Marquez’s novel see through time and even their own narrative. The symbol of the moon is at once a window into into the world and a shield from it. Rusachek’s interpretation of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” exemplify his ability to translate the essence of ephemeral stories that touch the heart of humanity, conveying meaning while retaining complex mystery.
Medium: Etching with chîne-collé and hand-coloring Dimensions: 4 3/8 x 5 7/8 inches (Image) 10 3/8 x 11 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1969 Date finished: 2021 Edition: of 10
Recommended by Catherine (Collections Assistant): "Mariko Ando's illustrative prints convey a feeling of childlike whimsy, but there is also an air of seriousness from the expressions of her subjects. In this piece, two rabbits are protectively watching over a caged rose on a tumultuous sea journey. Ando's use of color and texture adds so much to the story -- the juxtaposition of the striking colors of the rose and the rabbits' outfits against the hazy sky and the deep, rolling waves highlights the importance of the rabbits' mission to safeguard their precious rose. Perhaps the rose is a metaphor for that sacred thing one protects at all costs, throughout the wild waves and unpredictable currents of life."
Series: Monoprint/Monotype Invitational 2022 Medium: Watercolor monotype Dimensions: 17 7/8 x 23 7/8 inches (Image) 22 5/8 x 30 inches (Sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1961 Date finished: 2021 Edition: 1/1
Artist's statement: "Backyard at Night is part of the series Night Shadows, inspired by late night walks through my Minneapolis neighborhood. The work addresses feelings of isolation brought on by the pandemic.
The prints were made by painting with black watercolor on a thin polyester plate, which was then printed on a press. Unlike oil monotypes, the image must be completely dry before being printed. This means that it can be developed over many hours, even days. I use additive and subtractive processes to make the images, putting down washes and marks that are allowed to dry before being lifted and revised by re-wetting the plate."
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "'Backyard at Night' beautifully captures a familiar scene, just off-kilter. It is a quintessential backyard: gutters, chain link fences and patio furniture. But everything is slightly misaligned and in high contrast against the dark of night. It's a striking piece that shows Kareken's wonderful, painterly handling of trees and textures in a new setting. It feels like a photo that no one would think to take but is around us all of the time."
Medium: Etching and aquatint Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 23 1/2 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1957 Edition: of 35 Condition: Some creases at lower left away from image.
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Starfish are symbolic of divine and endless love. These celestial beings sweep the background of Asahi’s highly technical etching. The little blue-eyed starfish serve as helpful and loving guides as the central female figure pours out the ocean from a shell as she sits on the back of a flying dragon. There is an energy to the piece, despite the artist including only tiny pops of color in the eyes and small details of each creature. Instead, linework and shape build the composition’s movement and playfulness. Each line etched into the plate is carefully scratched to give swirling loops to the water, striking contrast to the dragon scales, and delicate curves on the woman’s body. A visual boost of warm and energetic feelings."
Series: #46 from Famous Views of the Sixty-odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu Meisho Zue) Medium: Woodblock Dimensions: 15 x 10 inches (Oban) Artist details: Japanese, 1797 - 1858 Date of plate: Date of Block 1853/1812 Condition: Very good early color. Margins skillfully restored.
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "Of the magnificent “Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provences”, ‘Mimasake Provence. Yamabusi Valley’ displays a wonderful humor and humanity. We can all relate to the man chasing his hat that has flown away in a wind storm. Amongst this expertly preserved and restored series of breathtaking Japanese landscapes, ‘Mimasake Provence. Yamabusi Valley’ reminds us to appreciate the little misadventures that make life interesting."
Medium: Collage diptych Dimensions: 19 3/4 x 24 1/2 inches (two sheets together) 22 x 27 inches (backing sheet) Artist details: Chinese, 1957 Date finished: c. 1986
Available framed at an additional cost. Please inquire.
Recommended by Sam (Gallery Owner & Director): "The Contemporary Chinese artist Li Shuang (the only female member of the Xingxing group 'Stars' which served as the vanguard of modern Chinese art) was born in Beijing in 1957 into a family of intellectuals who came to feel the full weight of Mao Zedong's suspicion and persecution for writings and images conflicting with the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). After two years in prison (1981-1983) she left China for Europe. This wonderful collage from the 1980s makes no specific political reference. The patterned pieces of implied fabric reinforce the action of the three figures."
Medium: Reduction woodcut Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: American, 1938 Date Finished: 1985 Edition: of 180
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Gordon Mortensen uses precise registration and his keen eye for layering color in this reduction woodcut. Mortensen prints a single color of ink; cuts away a small amount of wood; inks the same block in a different color, before cutting away more from the block; and repeating for as many different colors as the viewer can spot. This process can be daunting for many artists because once you cut the block, there is no going back. The result of Mortensen’s intense labor is a wide variety of texture and an expert build up of layers into atmospheric perspective that make for a stunning landscape."
Medium: Etching and engraving with hand-coloring Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 26 inches Artist details: French, 1592 - 1635 Date finished: 1620 Reference: Lieure 478 (2nd Plate) Condition: Trimmed to or just within the platemark. Soiled, toned, repairs at fold, and along bottom edge. Significant restoration. Unidentified watermark.
Recommended by Sam (Gallery Owner & Director): "Callot's rendering of this annual fair near Florence is a masterpiece. It employs two major contributions the artist made to printmaking. His introductory use of lute varnish for the protective coating (ground) put on the copper plate before the image mark making. This material allowed more fine detail and less fowl bite (unintended marks on the plate surface) due to this secure and uniform plate coating. The artist selectively exposes the plate surface, prior to its submersion in the acid bath for the acid to selectively act on the copper to generate the lines destined to make up the image. The clean and delicate lines made possible with his discovery, combined with his unique, simplified, gestural drawing technique, allowed for the complexity of this amazing image."
Series: Friends Medium: Intaglio and chine-collé Dimensions: 6 x 4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1960 Date finished: 2013 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Suzannah (Marketing and Communications Manager): "Tomiyuki Sakuta’s haunting and dreamlike prints constantly shake me to my core and capture my imagination for hours.John 助運is no different; It comes from a series of prints,Friends,in which Sakuta drew the faces of people from his first impression of their character. The eerie twisting of roots or fibers ofJohn 助運left me searching for a face among the disorder. Sakuta’s technique creates tactile lines that root me in my body, but in an image that unsettles and intrigues me."
Series: The Wonders of the Heavens Displayed in Twenty Lectures Medium: Engraving Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 6 7/8 inches (Plate) 6 7/8 x 7 5/8 inches (Sheet) Artist details: British, 1763 - 1824 Publisher: Richard Phillips. London, 1821 Condition: Folds as issued.
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Manager): "The constellation ‘Libra’ was named over 3500 years ago for containing the point in the sky where the sun crosses the equator when it travels from the northern to southern hemisphere (autumnal equinox). It has since become a zodiac sign that represents balance and fairness, symbolized by a set of scales. This engraving, printed 200 years ago, resonates just as strongly today. When we slow down and look up at a clear night sky, we plug into something so much older and bigger than our own individual lives. We get to see just how big the world we live in really is."
Medium: Engraving Dimensions: 13 x 15 1/2 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Italian, 1939 Date finished: 1975 Edition: 61/100
Recommended by Suzannah (Collections Assistant): "I am fascinated by places and scenes that defy reason and stretch the imagination. Maurillo Minuzzi's Panorama I depicts a lone mountain floating in a sea of negative space, which initially feels realistic but like a place in a dream it grows stranger the longer it is observed. The mountain has the topography of land but the texture of a body, and it casts a shadow on the sky behind it. Panorama I takes the viewer to a place that is familiar to their subconscious and difficult to comprehend."
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: Woodblock Dimensions: 20 7/8 x 15 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1940 Date finished: 2004 Edition: of 30
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Aoki's work often focuses on human interaction and human connection - or lack thereof. Amidst his many works featuring crowds of busy people and missed connections, Aoki has delivered this beautiful portrayal of two figures facing each other, stopped in time. With emphatically oversized arms, the figures demonstrate the incredible intimacy and tenderness of simple human touch. Though the figures have no facial features, the piece evokes the disarming sensation of staring directly into someone else's eyes. All that cannot be explained about human emotion seems to rest in the quiet space created between them."
Series: Holes for Loneliness Games Medium: Etching, aquatint Dimensions: 10 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches (image) 15 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1986 Date finished: 2012 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "The level of technical detail in this etching is intricate - from each character’s particular facial expression to the curtains, hanging plants, mirror, and archway tile designs. Takeda is so good at taking simple everyday things like drinking coffee at a coffee shop and turning them into interesting shadow box scenes. The viewer can’t help but look at each of the people in this crowded room and wonder what they are all thinking behind their wide eyes. The only character not looking at one another or at themselves in the mirror is the person directly in front of the viewer. Rather than participating in the gossip or chatter, this person is rolling their eyes and looking up at the ceiling, while they drink their coffee."
Medium: Wood engraving Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 5 7/8 inches (image) Signature: Signed Artist details: Canadian , 1952 Edition: of 50
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "This wood engraving makes particularly effective use of the detail possible with the medium. The artist uses the form of the farmer viewed from the back, to show the man's home and property. You get a clear sense of the place and that he is directly connected to this rural context of wildlife, river, and the surrounding fields. The image shows that it is all part of him."
Series: SMS No. 6: December 1968 Medium: Hand-bound pamphlet with magic marker cover drawing containing typewritten pages of proposed menus of American food Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches Artist details: Swedish/American, 1929 - 2022 Date of impression: 1968 Edition: of 2000 Publisher: The Letter Edged in Black Press
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "An absurd and almost pointless project, Oldenburg finds just the right amount of humor while looking at the precious, boring thing we call everyday life. Although very different from his famous large-scale sculptures, this booklet is captivating to me precisely because it's so small and personal. After his recent passing, this piece and the meaning of 'unattended' are even more intriguing."
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."
Medium: Oil on wood panel Dimensions: 14 x 11 inches (Image) 18 x 15 inches (Framed) Signature: Signed verso Artist details: American, 1949 Date finished: 1994
Available framed. Please inquire.
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "A rare oil painting in the Davidson Galleries collection, I am charmed by this piece by Adrienne Sherman. It has all of the traditional elements of oil portraits – a posed figure in elegant costuming, rich texture and warmth, fine detail from the hands to the lips. But it is also subversive and cheeky. Many of Sherman's works are inspired by the Italian Renaissance and with this particular work, she inserts herself directly into it. Not only does she paint herself as a Venetian from the era, she paints herself as a gentleman, calling into question the wealth and gender imbalances of the traditional portrait."
Medium: Etching and aquatint Dimensions: 19 x 31 1/2 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: 1984 Date finished: 2013 Edition: of 20
Recommended by Nikki (Fine Print Photographer & Content Publisher): "Nemoto’s etching, Dream gently moves the viewer in and around the underwater scene pictured. This seemingly simple composition weaves a subtle, but complex series of shapes together - created by the organic curves of the fish and underwater plants intersecting with the two rigid rectangles’ borders. This, coupled with the visually grounding linear shapes at the base of each rectangle, build a quiet and engaging daydream for viewers to escape into."
Medium: Color lithograph Dimensions: 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: German, 1935 Date finished: 1973 Edition: of 222
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "Bernhard Jager's Untitled (Pregnant Woman) is a striking color lithograph which reflects the artist's early studies and interest in biology. He makes unique use of liquid tusche for most of his lithographic images. This particular technique and drawing approach allow him to suggest the inner workings of the body while preserving the outline of the form. His paintings and prints are in many museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston."
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: Intaglio Dimensions: 14 x 7 inches Artist details: American, 1984 Date finished: 2010 Edition: AP
Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager): "This piece comes from Carrie Lingscheit's twenty thousand moments project, based on the limitations of our human brains and the amount of information that can be processed and saved from the 20,000 (or so) moments in a given day. Momento No. 3273 (pine) hones in on a feeling, to pine, and the quiet setting where it happens, alone in a bed. It beautifully captures the way we are drawn inward to our own emotions and imagination when we pine for someone or something. Negative space is used to draw our attention down to the dark, intense face; the surroundings are blurred and forgotten, represented only with a lovely watercolor texture, just as we tune out the world when lost in intense thought."
Medium: Etching, aquatint Dimensions: 10 5/8 x 20 3/8 inches (image) 14 x 25 1/4 inches (sheet) Signature: Signed Artist details: Japanese, 1986 Date finished: 2015 Edition: of 15
Recommended by Sam (Owner & Director): "Contemporary Japanese artist Azumi Takeda's etching Full, Full, Full is part of a wonderful series showing groups of people waiting, engrossed in various activities, or, as in this case, the artist focuses on the detritus left behind that references what they had been doing. There is order with the placement of the disparate objects, that speaks about each of the individuals that is no longer in the room. Takeda's use of the etching and aquatint process, is perfect for the detail required."
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: British / Chinese, 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: Engraving Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 4 inches (plate), 10 3/8 x 8 3/8 inches (sheet)
Artist details: English, 1895 - 1973 Date finished: 1938
Recommended by Rebecca (Gallery Manager): "The Letter is a lovely engraving by Austin. It showcases his exquisite line work and engraving technique. The sharpness and clarity of each line beautifully describes the scene. You can feel the texture of the rough wooden stairs, which transitions to the dark and draping fabric of her skirt, which is then contrasted by the soft and bright flowers. It feels as if the woman just had to sit down to read her letter right away, in whatever corner of the cottage she happened upon first. Austin captures a simple, sweet moment with care."
Medium: Vitreograph Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 13 inches Artist details: Pacific Northwest, American, 1976 Date Finished: 2017 Edition: 4
Recommended by Emma (Marketing & Communications Manager): "Beres' vitreograph strikes directly at the absurdity of America's supposed 'separation of church and state' with this interpretation of her official motto. The phrase sinks down into the rising darkness that threatens to envelope it, much like democracy decays when systemic oppression masquerades as Christian values."
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."
#6, Después Con Los De Antes (Afterwards, With Ones Before)
Series: Silencio, Silencio Portfolio Medium: Etching Dimensions: 12 x 17 inches Signature: Signed Artist details: Spanish, 1930 - 2020 Date finished: 1970 Edition: 25/92 Publisher: Atelier Lacourière et Frélant, Paris
Recommended by Sam (Gallery Owner & Director): "This powerful etching by the Spanish artist Genoves, from the Silence, Silence portfolio speaks so eloquently about current events even though it was making reference to the Spanish Civil War and Franco.The suggested movement with a focus on the legs running, lends such a sense of urgency.The lower part of the image reflects the anger and frustration shared by the protesters."
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: of 10
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."