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New Additions: Philip Bennet

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NEW ADDITIONSPhilip Bennet is a local DC printmaker, specializing in abstract and dynamic monotypes. Using a mixture of watercolors and acrylic paints, Bennet’s images are always an intense, rich mix of color. The works below are newer additions to our contemporary collection- and we are very happy to share them with our gallery visitors and blog readers. To learn more about Philip Bennet, read his printmaker Q&A, where he speaks to his printing methods and the source of his inspiration.

Whorl. Philip Bennet. Monotype, oil based ink, 2008.

Whorl. Philip Bennet. Monotype, oil based ink, 2008.

Green Rain. Philip Bennet. Acrylic on paper, 2001.

Green Rain. Philip Bennet. Acrylic on paper, 2001.

Vermillion. Philip Bennet. Monotype, oil based ink, 2012.

Vermillion. Philip Bennet. Monotype, oil based ink, 2012.

Compass Point. Philip Bennet. Monotype, watercolor and oil based ink, 2013.

Compass Point. Philip Bennet. Monotype, watercolor and oil based ink, 2013.

Doves. Philip Bennet. Watercolor over gesso, on paper, 1999.

Doves. Philip Bennet. Watercolor over gesso, on paper, 1999.

Crazy Rhythm. Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2010.

Crazy Rhythm. Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype, 2010.

Ribbons. Philip Bennet. Watercolor & oil-based ink monotype, 2005.

Ribbons. Philip Bennet. Watercolor & oil-based ink monotype, 2005.

Nuclei. Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype/collagraph, 2010.

Nuclei. Philip Bennet. Oil-based monotype/collagraph, 2010.

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You’re Invited…

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ROSS/ROMANO Opening Night Reception

Friday, April 19, 2013

From 5-8PM

at the Old Print Gallery

We invite you to join us in our celebration of these two artists’ talent and artistic careers. The opening night reception on Friday will be a great event- both John Ross and Clare Romano will be in attendance to share their techniques and inspiration and we will have two of their original collagraph plates on display. The event is free and open to all ages. Wine and light refreshments will be served. 

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely, 

The Old Print Gallery

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ROSS/ROMANO Opens in April

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The Old Print Gallery is very excited to announce our new summer show, Ross/Romano.  The show will open on April 19 and stay on view until July 13, 2013. The exhibit features the work of John Ross and Clare Romano, internationally known printmakers, teachers, and husband and wife creative duo. Their prints sample architecture, waterways, and canyon vistas- a visual record of their travels to Italy and the Southwest. Working in the medium of collagraphy and woodcuts, prints by Ross and Romano marry texture and color in a beautiful and skillfully layered way. A free nighttime reception will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 5-8pm at the Old Print Gallery, to celebrate the show’s opening.

Ross and Romano’s book ”The Complete Printmaker”, first published in 1972, has been called the definitive textbook on printmaking, and is still in use today at universities and art schools. The prints selected for this show will heavily showcase the duo’s talent and expertise at collagraphy- a true printing hybrid that involves collage applied to a plate, printed by intaglio or relief methods.

Spanish Hills.  [Nevada.] By Clare Romano. Collagraph, undated.

Spanish Hills. [Nevada.] By Clare Romano. Collagraph, undated.

Romano’s canyon scenes weave together textural ribbons of dusty rose and bright orange. Her abstract bands evoke sky, land, and water, harmoniously flowing into one another. In contrast, Ross builds his compositions with interlocking, architectural shapes, resulting in layered city views. Blending the Gothic archways and vaults of Venice with the stark skyscrapers of New York, Ross creates fantastical urban landscapes that seem right out of Metropolis.

Voyage. By John Ross. Collagraph, undated. Ed. 75.

Voyage. By John Ross. Collagraph, undated. Ed. 75.

Metropolis. John Ross. Collagraph, undated.

Metropolis. John Ross. Collagraph, undated.

John Ross is a painter, printmaker, book artist and Professor of Art. He has served as president of the Society of American Graphic Artists, and is active in a number of art organizations. He printed and illustrated many books with original prints. He has had over sixty one-artist shows and is represented in many museum collections. Ross studied at Cooper Union School of Art, Parson School of Design, École des Beaux-Arts, New School for Social Research, Columbia University, and Istituto Statale d’Arte in Italy. He taught printmaking at the New School for over fifty years and has been a professor of art Manhattanville College.

Grand Canyon. Clare Romano. Collagraph, 1975.

Grand Canyon. Clare Romano. Collagraph, 1975.

Clare Romano was born in Palisades, New Jersey, in 1922. She studied at Cooper Union training as a painter. Her first prints were lithographs produced at Robert Blackburn’s workshop in 1949; but she has worked in many different mediums. She is best known for her stunning woodcuts and for her collagraphs. She is a noted educator, teaching generations of artists printmaking at the New School, Pratt Graphics Center and Pratt Institute. Throughout her career she has received numerous awards and has had many one artist shows. Her work is in museums across the United States and Europe.

Magic Mountain. By Clare Romano.  Collagraph, undated.

Magic Mountain. By Clare Romano. Collagraph, undated.

The Old City. By John Ross. Woodcut, undated.

The Old City. By John Ross. Woodcut, undated.

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Grace Bentley-Scheck

The Distant Past Resounds with Echoes. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2001. Edition 100.

The Distant Past Resounds with Echoes. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2001. Edition 100.

We would like to introduce our readers to OPG/OPS artist Grace Bentley-Scheck. While we have featured her work several times before on the blog, we were particularly struck by her method of collagraphy, and how she utilizes the texture of her plates and matrices to bring depth to her prints.

House of Blue Lights (Red). Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2006. Edition 100.

House of Blue Lights (Red). Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2006. Edition 100.

SoHo Structure-Green. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2004. Edition 100.

SoHo Structure-Green. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2004. Edition 100.

Grace Bentley-Scheck was born in Troy, New York and currently lives in Narragansett, Rhode Island. She received her BFA and MFA from State University of New York at Alfred University, completing her MFA in 1960. Her preferred medium is the collagraph- a process in which materials are applied to a rigid surface (usually paper board or wood), inked, and printed with the use of a printer’s press.  Materials used to create the plate can be anything from smaller etching plates, acrylic, sand paper, bubble wrap, string, and even cloth. The process is described in detail in the John Ross and Clare Romano book The Complete Collagraph, which was published in 1980.

Grace is a member of SAGA (Society of American Graphic Artists), the Wickford Art Association where she serves as the scholarship chair, and Florida Printmakers. Her art and work was covered in an article in American Artist Magazine in August of 1999.

The Ice Cube. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2008. Edition 100.

The Ice Cube. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2008. Edition 100.

Artist statement:

The philosopher, Gaston Bachelard, said that buildings reverberate through time. For many years, my works have dealt with architecture as space humans enclose which becomes dynamic via its passage through time. The process of building a collagraph plate layer by layer, much as time and exposure to the elements have created the subject, and the marks that result from the printing process provide an evocative medium through which structural changes, layers of painted advertising of graffiti, weathered surfaces, slight shifts in color, or play of light and shadow become visual symbols expressive of an intersection of time and space.

56th Street Harmony. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2011. Edition 100.

56th Street Harmony. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2011. Edition 100.

Brooklyn Row. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2001. Edition 100.

Brooklyn Row. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2001. Edition 100.

Broadway Rhythms. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2006. Edition 100.

Broadway Rhythms. Grace Bentley-Scheck. Collagraph, 2006. Edition 100.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

Still searching for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift? Don’t know what to get that special someone? Check out our Valentine’s Day gift ideas below:

1. Antique Valentine’s Day Cards

While handmade Valentine’s Day cards were in existence long before, the first printed paper cards made in the United States appeared around 1840. We  have cards with cute sayings, sweet messages, and beautiful hand-cut paper lace. We also sell many stand-up cards with a base and several three-dimensional fold-out layers, which were popular designs from about 1895 until 1915.  Prices start at $15 and go up from there.

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My Love to Thee : Unworthy are my hands to hold those dainty hands in mine, : Unworthy are my lips to touch those rosy lips of thine… Paper lace, c.1900.

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I Love You. Hang on to me, My Valentine. Die-cut color lithograph. Undated, c.1920.

2. Flower Prints

Give her a bouquet of flowers that will never wilt and die. We have a very large antique print collection of flowers and floral arrangements. Hand colored in nature’s full spectrum and intricately engraved, these prints make a beautiful and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift!

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[Monnoyer Floral Arrangement in Classical Vase]. By Jean Baptiste Monnoyer. Published by N. de Poilly, Paris. Etching with engraving, hand colored, c. 1670-80.

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Fritillaria imperialis. Linn. Pl. II. By Pierre Joseph Buchoz. Engraving, hand colored, 1775-78. From Buchoz’ “Histoire Universelle du Regne Vegetale”, published Paris.

3. RED prints

Our new contemporary show, aptly named RED, features prints in this passionate and romantic hue. Pick the bold and pulsating Fast Forward or go with the subdued and modern To be Received Again. The show features a huge range of styles to choose from. And if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day date idea- RED opens on February 15th, with a nighttime reception and party. Interesting art + free wine= great date!

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

Fast Forward by Rosemary Cooley. Monotype, 2006.

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.

4. City Views and Maps

Gift your sweet someone a map or view of a special city. Whether it is of the place you met or married, a shared favorite travel spot, or where you both live (and love), city plans and scenes are a personal and unique gift idea.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

Grundriss von Washington der neuen Hauptstadt der vereinigten Staaten von Nord-America. By Andrew Ellicott. From an unidentified German publication. Engraving.

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Le Penseur de Notre Dame. John Taylor Arms. Etching, 1923.

5. Cupid Prints

In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning “desire”) is the god of desire, affection and love. Celebrate and pay homage to this winged matchmaker with a print from the 17th century “Amorous Mottoes.”

Omnia fentit Amor.  XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnia fentit Amor. XIII. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor.  XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

Omnibus aptus Amor. XV. By A. Diepenbeke. Published Antwerp. Copper engraving, hand colored, 1660. 17th century Amorous Mottoes, with Latin inscriptions.

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