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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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