19th Century Prints, American Views, Chromolithograph, Collage, Contemporary, Landscapes, Lithograph, Past/Present, Prints, Transfer print

Past/Present: Fall

Today is the first day of Fall, the autumnal equinox, “one of the two periods of the year when the sun crosses the equator and the days and nights are in equal length all over the earth” as explained by this article.  To celebrate this shift in seasons, we have a new Past/Present for you- two artists’ representations of autumn landscapes. The first is a 19th century depiction of the Starrucca Valley, located in Pennsylvania near Lanesboro. One of the few prints produced after a painting by Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey, this image was printed exclusively for members of the Crosby Opera House Art Association. We’ve paired it with a hand-colored transfer print and collage by contemporary printmaker Takayo Noda. We hope you enjoy these colorful celebrations of Fall!

Image on the top: American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. By Jasper Cropsey. Published by T. Sinclair’s Chromo Lith., Philadelphia. Lithographed by William Dresser. Chromolithograph, undated, c. 1870s. Image size 15 1/2 x 26 5/8″ (394 x 677 mm). LINK.

Image on the bottom : Autumn Day. By Takayo Noda. Transfer print, hand-colored, 2013. Three dimensional collage in areas. Signed, titled and inscribed “1/1.” Image size 6 7/8 x 9 5/8″ (175 x 243 mm). LINK.

American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. LINK.

American Autumn, Starucca Valley, Erie R. Road. LINK.

Autumn Day. LINK.

Autumn Day. LINK.

 

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Abstract, Contemporary, Gallery Opening Receptions, Gallery Openings, Gallery Updates, Monotype, Prints

Kaleidoscope: New Works by Philip Bennet

Kaleidoscope. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2014. LINK.

Kaleidoscope. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2014. LINK.

The Old Print Gallery is pleased to announce our Spring 2014 show, Kaleidoscope, a solo-show of monotypes by local DC artist Philip Bennet. Kaleidoscope will open on Friday, April 11, 2014 with a celebratory nighttime reception and Q&A with the artist from 5-8pm at the gallery. The show will remain on view until Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Genesis. By Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2007. LINK.

Genesis. By Philip Bennet. Watercolor monotype, 2007. LINK.

Kaleidoscope features new original prints by Philip Bennet, many of them completed in 2014 specifically for the exhibit, all brimming with an opulent mix of color. Bennet’s medium of choice is the monotype, abstract and dynamic images achieved as a result of his playful and liberal approach to printmaking. He experiments with colored inks of varied viscosity, often employing hued “ghost” images as backgrounds for new prints and integrating multiple plates into each composition. His unrestricted and unique working style allows for a spontaneity and creative freedom not normally associated with printmaking. As a result, his watercolor-based monotypes feel fresh, immediate, and ephemeral, while his oil-based polychromatic creations are more intimate, enveloping viewers in colors so saturated they still seem wet on the paper.

Indian War Paint. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2012. LINK.

Indian War Paint. Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2012. LINK.

In addition to the original monotypes on view, the exhibit will showcase one of Bennet’s original printing matrices, allowing viewers a close look at the printing tools and methods for color application used in Bennet’s monotypes. The show will also feature three original paintings and one collage, created from segmented and torn monotype prints.

Glow. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2011. LINK.

Glow. By Philip Bennet. Oil-based ink monotype, 2011. LINK.

Philip Bennet is a Washington, D.C. artist, working in acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and monotypes. Bennet has won numerous juried awards, and exhibits in shows both locally and nationally. His prints were featured in the Potomac Review, a Journal of Arts and Humanities, and listed in Strathmore’s 2010 edition of “Who’s Who Worldwide Directory for the Visual Arts.” Bennet is a signature member of the Maryland Pastel Society, and a past member of the Foundry Gallery Cooperative in Washington, DC. He has prints in private and public collections, and was recently added into the museum collection at Grinnell College, his Alma Mater. Bennet attended Harvard Law School, and studied paintings at Torpedo Factory Art Center and Montgomery College.

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