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Serigraphy

Serigraphy ( also known as screen-printing or silk screen) is a versatile printing process, based on the stencil principle. The method first appeared in China during the Song Dynasty (960–1279 AD), and gained popularity in 18th century Europe, thanks to imports of silk from the East. A group of WPA artists, who later formed the National Serigraphic Society, coined the word “serigraphy” in the 1930s in effort to differentiate the artistic application from the commercial printing application. Serigraphy was later made famous in the 1960s by Andy Warhol, who used the medium to achieve a bold, commercial look in his pop-icon prints.

To make a serigraph, a fine woven fabric is tightly stretched and attached to a metal or sturdy wood frame. This forms the printing screen. A stencil is then created on the screen, by the application of a blockout. Artists have experimented with numerous blockout methods over time- including paper, hand-cut film, glue, photosensitive emulsion, and gelatin film. The blockout areas become the non-image areas. After the blockout is laid and dried, paper is placed below the screen and thick ink is squeezed into a line across the top of the screen. The ink is then dragged along the surface of the screen with a squeegee. This forces the ink to pass through the open area of the stencil onto the paper below. For multi-colored prints, a separate screen is required for each color.

Below are several serigraph prints we have in our OPG inventory, by early 20th century and contemporary artists. Hope you enjoy!

Trio. Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8" (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Trio. By Dorie Marder. Serigraph, 1945. Image size 14 7/8 x 10 7/8″ (377 x 276 mm). Edition 45. LINK.

Urban Views.  (Large) #6B. Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6" (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Urban Views. (Large) #6B.  By Patrick J. Anderson. Serigraph, 2003. Image size 6 x 6″ (151 x 151 mm). Edition 12. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2" (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Image size 8 1/8 x 12 1/2″ (210 x 320 mm). Edition 55. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4" (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Prairie Sunset. By Allan Simpson. Serigraph, 1987. Image size 16 5/16 x 20 1/4″ (416 x 514 mm). Edition 30. LINK.

Dancing. Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo - diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2" (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Dancing.  By Thomas Seawell. Serigraph and archival digital, 2010. Tondo – diameter 9 1/2 x 9 1/2″ (240 mm). Edition 10. LINK.

Space Planes. Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950.  8 5/8 x 12" (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Space Planes.  By Morris A. Blackburn. Serigraph, c. 1950. 8 5/8 x 12″ (227 x 305 mm). LINK.

Pet. Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2" (72 x 40 mm).  Edition 51. LINK.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Image size 2 3/4 x 2″ (72 x 40 mm). Edition 51. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4" (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Point Blank Distance. By Masaaki Noda. Serigraph, 1996. Image size 12 1/8 x 19 1/4″ (308 x 488 mm). Edition 40. LINK.

Hartling Bay. Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4" (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

Hartling Bay. By Richard T. Davis. Color serigraph, 1993. Image size 17 3/4 x 20 1/4″ (445 x 509 mm). Edition 145. LINK.

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Aquatint, Contemporary, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Prints, Silkscreen, Silver Gelatin Print, Woodcut

Oscars Night Round-Up

The Oscars are this Sunday, so we have a themed round-up of prints, relating to the movies. With the majority of our inventory printed before the invention of the first patented motion-picture film camera (which was designed in 1888), we  had to pull prints from our early 20th century and contemporary inventory. The collection below ranges from prints of people enjoying movies, the outsides of old movie theaters, on-set images, and several drive-up movie theater scenes. We hope you enjoy!

Drive In Movie. By Cheryl A. Aaron. Etching with aquatint, c.1989. Edition 40. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Drive In Movie. By Cheryl A. Aaron. Etching with aquatint, c.1989. Edition 40.

Port au Prince, Movie Poster on Theatre Front, Haiti. By Bernard P. Wolff. Silver gelatin print, c.1970. Stamped with artists name and title verso. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Port au Prince, Movie Poster on Theatre Front, Haiti. By Bernard P. Wolff. Silver gelatin print, c.1970. Stamped with artist’s name and title verso.

Silent Movie. Linda Adato. Etching, aquatint and soft ground printed in color, 1992. Edition 75.

Silent Movie. By Linda Adato. Etching, aquatint and soft ground printed in color, 1992. Edition 75.

Double Drive-In Movie. Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1980. Edition 35. At The Old Print Shop in NYC.

Double Drive-In Movie. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1980. Edition 35.

At the Movies. By Peter Gourfain. Woodcut, 2000. Artist's proof.

At the Movies. By Peter Gourfain. Woodcut, 2000. Artist’s proof.

Deep in Hollywood. By Don Freeman. Lithograph, 1936.

Deep in Hollywood. By Don Freeman. Lithograph, 1936.

( All prints currently located at our sister gallery- The Old Print Shop in NYC- which is situated at the intersection of 30th Street & Lexington Avenue.)

 

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Aquatint, Contemporary, Drypoint, Early 20th Century, Etching, Lithograph, Monoprint, Monotype, Prints, Silkscreen, woodblock print, Woodcut

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Abstract Admirer

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Abstract Admirer copyHere are our picks for the abstract admirer, who is drawn to artwork which takes some liberties, altering color and form to free itself from objective context. Reshaping the natural world for expressive purposes, abstract art is created through the  suggestive strokes of the monotype brush and free line of the etching needle. The abstract admirer revels in the freedom of shifting interpretations, seeing and feeling new things every time they look at their print. See our gift suggestions, taken from our early 20th century and contemporary collection, for the abstract admirer.  Enjoy!

Modernistic (for E.W.) Shifting Winds. By Albert W. Barker. Lithograph, 1930. Signed in pencil, inscribed "65 -/6." $300.00

Modernistic (for E.W.) Shifting Winds. By Albert W. Barker. Lithograph, 1930. Signed in pencil, inscribed “65 -/6.” $300.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print.  Edition 2/6. $350.00

To Be Received Again. By Heather McMordie. Lithograph with collagraph, on Stonehenge paper, 2012. Titled and signed by artist in print. Edition 2/6. $350.00

Water 1. By Judy Mensch. Woodblock, 1998. Seven blocks, ten passes, eight colors.  Signed in pencil. Inscribed "3/3." $300.00

Water 1. By Judy Mensch. Woodblock, 1998. Seven blocks, ten passes, eight colors. Signed in pencil. Inscribed “3/3.” $300.00

Night Passage. By Richard Sloat. Etching and aquatint, 2008. Inscribed "2/70." $350.00

Night Passage. By Richard Sloat. Etching and aquatint, 2008. Inscribed “2/70.” $350.00

Sea Anemones. By Joan Krash. Solarplate etching, monoprint on Rives BFK paper, 2010. Inscribed "monoprint."  Framed by artist. $275.00.

Sea Anemones. By Joan Krash. Solarplate etching, monoprint on Rives BFK paper, 2010. Inscribed “monoprint.” Framed by artist. $275.00.

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed "184/225." $1,200.00

Head of a Traveler. By Adja Yunkers. Color woodcut, 1952. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed “184/225.” $1,200.00

Blur. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2011. Inscribed "1/1." $550.00

Blur. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2011. Inscribed “1/1.” $550.00

Fury. By Alessandro Mastro-Valerio. Aquatint, c.1952. Signed in pencil.  16/25. $200.00

Fury. By Alessandro Mastro-Valerio. Aquatint, c.1952. Signed in pencil. 16/25. $200.00

Line, Rope, Ladder - Alone. By Brad Widness. Etching, aquatint, drypoint, polymer image, chine colle on Sommerset Satin. Inscribed "A/P (unique)." $500.00

Line, Rope, Ladder – Alone. By Brad Widness. Etching, aquatint, drypoint, polymer image, chine colle on Sommerset Satin. Inscribed “A/P (unique).” $500.00

Far. By Masaaki Noda. Silk screen, 1986. Inscribed "85/98." $300.00.

Far. By Masaaki Noda. Silk screen, 1986. Inscribed “85/98.” $300.00.

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view other 2012 gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. We also ship prints and maps, flat and insured, using FedEx 3 Day Shipping. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Children

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CHILDREN copyToday we present our are best gift ideas for the children on your holiday list. Instead of giving them clothes that they will grow out of, or toys they will lose interest in, why not gift them great art they can enjoy now and cherish later? These prints and maps would look great in a nursery or kids room, or adorning the living room and play room walls. Below are our gift suggestions for the children. Enjoy!

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed "ed. 25." $600.00.

After the Rain II. By Antonio Frasconi. Woodcut, 1969. Inscribed “ed. 25.” $600.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed "47/51." $95.00.

Pet. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1967. Inscribed “47/51.” $95.00.

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From " Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World."

General Map of the United States. By John Bartholomew. Published by T. Ellwood Zell, Philadelphia. Chromolithograph, 1873. From ” Zell’s Descriptive Hand Atlas of the World.”

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil.  Diptych. $300.00.

The Town / The Arriving. By Thomas Seawell. Silkscreen, 1982. Signed, titled, and in pencil. Diptych. $300.00.

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of "P. Sloat Ltd.  Bookseller."  All of the characters pictured are pigs.  Signed, "Hartt '80" in pencil and inscribed "239/250." $185.00

Pig Bookseller. (Supplied title). Color lithograph, 1980. Whimsical scene of a street book vendor passing the store of “P. Sloat Ltd. Bookseller.” All of the characters pictured are pigs. Signed, “Hartt ’80” in pencil and inscribed “239/250.” $185.00

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Seald-Pep. Waverly Growers Cooperative. Color lithograph, c. 1930’s. Image of old plane in flight. ORIGIN: Waverly, FL. SHIPPER/GROWER: Waverly Growers Cooperative. Original fruit crate label. $12.50.

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed "44/55."

Coastal Whimsey. By Joan Drew. Serigraph, 1965. Inscribed “44/55.” $225.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut, Inscribed "Artists proof." $250.00.

Johnny Sayre. By John Ross. Woodcut. Inscribed “Artists proof.” $250.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Handcolored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed "22/25." $700.00.

Blue Deck. Sidney Hurwitz. Hand-colored aquatint, 1994. Inscribed “22/25.” $700.00.

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America".  This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Unicorn et al. (supplied title). By Arnoldus Montanus. Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam. Copper plate engraving, 1671. From Montanus’ “De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America”. This view collects a menagerie of unusual animals that are found in the Americas including the elusive unicorn, an eagle, beaver and deer. $85.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

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Digital Printmaking, Etching, Gallery Event, Linocut, Prints, Silkscreen, Uncategorized

Event Photos: Prints for the Passionate and Curious

As promised, we have photographs from our most recent workshop, Prints for the passionate and Curious. On Sunday, March 6, Susan Goldman and artists from the GMU Printmakers Guild led a live discussion and demonstration of printmaking techniques at the OPG gallery. The artists gave step-by-step instruction to both traditional and innovative printing techniques: linocuts, digital printmaking, screen printing, and intaglio. We had a great bunch of people come out- art lovers of all ages- to learn and talk one-on-one with our very talented and very cool DC artists. The OPG gallery walls were covered with the GMU Printmakers Guild’s newest works, and some artists even brought their working matrices and proofs to show us an “inside look” at their creative process. Freelance photographer and DC native, Francis Tatem, captured some great shots of the event. Below are some of our favorites:

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Thanks again to Susan Goldman, Patrick Sargent, Meaghan Busch, Marti Patchell, Josh McGuin, and Erwin Thamm for giving us a glimpse into their printmaking world! And thanks to Francis Tatem for sharing his images with us. 

To visit the GMU Printmakers Guild website, click here. To visit Francis Tatem’s website click here and to check out his personal photo blog click here.  And to see what we have in store for you all next, make sure to check out the OPG website’s event tab here.

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