President Obama on
Mount Rushmore

H2O Pináta

 
 

About Small Prints

 

Unless noted, lithographs on this page are 4" by 4"


The mini print format of 10cm or 4 inches square is a standard  device maintained by many of the early competitive print venues. Small print  competitions include the Korean Space Group, the Cadaques mini print show in Spain and many more expressing a growing trend away from the large scale prints of the sixties to a reaffirmation of printmakings utilitarian ideals.


Its appeal, apart from the obvious economic advantage, lies in the spirit that the artist infuses in this deliberate and controlled tension ...while the observer sometimes straining to see the details maintains mastery over the scene.


For me, it was admiring the  wood engravings that  I
 discovered in a paperback book illustrating the original drawings of John Tennial's  "Alice In Wonderland" and the antique bookplate engravings that found their way into the print shops to be "restruck" or reprinted.


I remember a friend who told me of a gift that his father, a Boston engraver, had given to his mother in the form of a brass hairpin with all the letters of the alphabet engraved on its miniscule head.


While the illustrator's small scale achievements can be noted, the artist, unless homegrown in the art of the diminutive, is confronted with the task of reformatting style or imagery into a small space while preserving the essence or meaning of the art piece. Working in miniature often requires a complete reinvention of ones imagery. However, a well established form should translate and preserve its content into any format


The process of lithography dates back over two hundred years and involves isolating the black or grease laden lines from the open or white areas using gum arabic and nitric acid.


It is a chemical process that often requires years to master, but the resulting product yields lines that are fresh and vibrant, unobtainable by any other printing methods.


Most of my prints are drawn on limestone, grained to a fine finish to accept the lines of the grease pencils. I also use aluminum plates which mimic the surface of the limestone, but I find them less versatile when the surface needs to be altered.


The smaller images or mini prints came about as an exercise in reformatting my images from 22” x 30” (a standard size for printing paper) to the mini-print size of 10 centimeters square.


For me, it has never been how to draw…but what to draw.


Time is always on my side. I have at my disposal a wellspring of ideas gathered and culled from the events and observations of daily life…the sweetness of the moment…or the festering poison in the streets…a distant notion that may elevate social consciousness…a vague stimuli that exposes the irony.


Lithography, for me, has become the forum to arrange and codify these elements and expose the contrasts in black and white.        

bout da Monet
 

 

B & A Sept 28
 

B & A


 

Negotiating the Square Peg
into the Round Hole

Painted Bird


 

Convivencia

 

Nightfall


 

Toothbrush Harvest

B & A III


 

Acirfa 

Untitled II


 

Untitled


 

Untitled 6 1/2" x 8"

China Moon 4 1/2" x 4"

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