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Printmaking: Drypoint, Etching, Oil, Ink, Aquatint on Paper, Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Wood, Glass, Other.
THE PRICE OF THIS MATTED ETCHING INCLUDES A WOOD AND GLASS FRAME THAT MEASURES 16 INCHES HIGH BY 12 INCHES WIDE. THE BLACK FRAME INCLUDES AN ACID FREE, WHITE MAT WITH INNER MAT BLACK TRIM. MOREOVER, THE ARTWORK ARRIVES WIRED AND READY TO HANG ON YOUR WALL. All regular, U.S. domestic shipment costs are also included in the Saatchi Price. This etching is based on a black and white snapshot from 1962 executed by the artist’s mother. The scene shows the artist at age nine dressed for Halloween as Abe Lincoln. The print now has two editions with each one limited to only five hand-pulled etchings. The work was executed on a zinc plate by Jerry Gerard Di Falco and printed on a Charles Brand flatbed press at The Center for Works on Paper, located on the Fleisher Art campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Media included oil-base etching inks, RivesBFK white paper, , and Thai mulberry bark papers infused with Japanese Kozo fibers. Four nitric acid baths were required to obtain the final design. This is the best print of five prints in the FIRST of FOUR Editions, as noted on the etching in pencil. The image size, which corresponds to the etching plate size, measures six inches wide by nine inches high or 15.240cm by 22.860 cm. The FRAMED and MATTED etching measures eleven inches wide by fourteen inches high, or 27.940cm by 38.100cm. The following description outlines the Chine Colle Process: Chine Colle, which translates from the French as Chinese pasting, is a process in which colored and treated papers are attached to the inked etching plate before printing. Di Falco mixes Methylcellulose powder with spring water and then paints the resulting clear viscous substance onto hand-dyed, UNRYU brand mulberry bark paper. In Japan, Unryu translates as CLOUD DRAGON paper, because it has long swirling threads of kozo fibers integrated in it, giving the texture and visual effect of clouds. Kozo fibers come the branches of the kozo bush, specifically the innermost of three layers of bark, which must be removed, cooked, and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo is harvested annually. The artist explains, “The treated colored paper is then allowed to dry overnight, and I cut it to exactly fit the plate’s areas where I want color. These stenciled mulberry bark papers are first dampened or misted with water and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and creates a multi-colored image on paper.” This etching was included in the 51st ANNUAL, JURIED EXHIBITION OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE ART MUSEUM in Harrisburg. The exhibition, entitled ART OF THE STATE, was on display throughout the summer of 2018. Over 1800 artists applied to be in this prestigious exhibit, one of the oldest State Annuals in the USA, but less that eighty were chosen. 2018.
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