From November 20th through February 12th, the Old Print Gallery will display a new selection of prints from emerging and established printmakers, pulling from both our 20th century and contemporary print collection. This showcase of prints will exhibit a variety of printmaking techniques, and range from representational to abstract in theme. Just in time for the 2015 Holiday Season, this eclectic and impressive mix will have original artwork available at all price points, with prints desirable to the seasoned art collector as well as those looking to break into the market.
Selected Artists: Alexander Archipenko, Albert W. Barker, Philip Bennet, Matt Brown, Asa Cheffetz, Robert Cook, Michael Di Cerbo, Werner Drewes, Richard Florsheim, Eric Goldberg, Rockwell Kent, Richard Lubell, Heather McMordie, Frederick Mershimer, Jake Muirhead, Karima Muyaes, Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Matt Phillips, Emilio Sanchez, Gerald Scheck, Ellen Nathan Singer, Benton Murdoch Spruance, and Lawrence N. Wilbur.
To see the prints included in the show, click here.
Linocut printmaking is a form of relief printing, using a linoleum block as a matrix. The artist sketches a composition on a block of linoleum, and then cuts away pieces from the surface with a chisel or gouge, leaving a raised area which will receive the ink. A roller is then used to apply ink to this raised surface, and the image is transferred to paper with a press or by hand burnishing and rubbing. Since the recessed cut-away areas do not receive ink, they appear white on the printed image.
The method matches that of a woodblock, but since the linoleum block does not have a directional wood grain, the surface of the print will have less texture and the artist has more freedom in the line work. The linoleum takes all types of lines, but it is suited to large designs with high contrasting tints. If an artist wants to incorporate multiple colors into the linocut, each color will be printed with its own carved linoleum block. The print is created by printing a sheet of paper with each of the blocks in turn, using a strict method of registration to avoid overlapping or misplacement. The greater the complexity, the greater the rate of failed or imperfect impressions.
Below are several of the linocuts we have in our 20th century and contemporary inventory. Stop by our Georgetown gallery to see the prints in person, and look at more linocuts!
Today we have a new P/P post, featuring market scenes, by contemporary artist Ellen Nathan Singer and 20th century printmaker Matt Phillips. These artists both use dramatic black lines to add depth and dimension to their prints, resulting in two strong, graphic prints. Phillips plays with diagonal shapes and lines to mimic the awnings of French street vendors, while Singer’s shapely barrels, boxes, and vases fill her engaging scene. We hope you enjoy this paring! As always, both prints are available for purchase, and can also be viewed in person at our Georgetown gallery, or online at our website. Singer’s print, Autumn Market, is currently in our Winter Contemporary Show, on view until February 9th.
Image on Left: Market Scene. By Matt Phillips. Lithograph, 1963. Edition of 12.
Image on Right: Autumn Market. By Ellen Nathan Singer. Woodcut, 2009. Edition of 10.