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Printmaking: Etching, Aquatint, Oil, Ink, Paper on Paper, Other.
The artist, Gerard (Jerry) Di Falco, regards this etching as "photo-centric”, because its image is adapted from one of his original 35mm, black and white photographs from 1987, which was executed in Barcelona (at one of the city’s graveyards). The 1930 tombstone shows Death claiming a victim via a kiss. Di Falco first created two charcoal and powdered graphite drawings of his photo before working on his zinc plate, which measured 8 inches high by 6 inches wide. The print, done on STONEHENGE brand gray colored paper (USA), measures 15 inches high by 11 inches wide; a special blend of Charbonnel brand inks from Paris (three colors) was used in the printing. Three separate Nitric acid baths were required in the etching of this plate, which incorpoorated the studio techniques of intaglio and traditional aquatint. The artist first filed the etching plate's edges and corners to a forty-five degree angle and then coated it with a hard liquid ground of organic beeswax, oil of spike lavender, and pure mineral spirits. He transferred his drawing onto the zinc plate and then etched the lines into the ground with needles, a process called INTAGLIO. The plate then underwent a Nitric acid bath, which allowed the acid to eat-into any exposed lines, thereby creating the first image. The plate was next cleaned with turpentine and printed on a free standing, table-sized Charles Brand Company Printing Press, manufactured in New York City. This print is from the THIRD edition of FIVE Editions; moreover, each of the five editions is limited to only four etchings. The work was created, printed, and published at The Center for Works on Paper (705 Christian Street) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within THE OPEN PRINTMAKING STUDIO on The Fleischer Art campus.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection