Mario Avari
Morrocan, 1921 – 2009

Born in Monaco of Italian parents, Avati has lived in Paris for most of his life. He worked in Nice at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Decoratifs and later studied with Marc Chagall see more . . .

at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He began his professional career as a printmaker in 1947 and started using the mezzotint medium by 1950. In the late 1960s, Avati was instrumental in the contemporary development of color mezzotints. His work is represented in the permanent collections of museums throughout the world including: the Musee du Louvre, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Marc Balakjian
British, b. 1940

Armenian by descent, Marc Balakjian was raised in Lebanon. He spent his early years in the small town of Rayak, before moving to Beirut at the age of 10. see more . . .

He came to England in 1966, initially to study architecture with a firm in Oxford. He then decided to study art at Hammersmith College of Art. Balakjian took up a postgraduate degree in printmaking at the Slade School of Art in 1971 and after graduating began working at Studio Prints in 1973, just as it was establishing itself in Queen’s Crescent. By 1976 he became a full time partner, collaborating with other artists as well as continuing his own work, much of which is inspired by his Armenian and Lebanese culture and heritage. 

Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889 – 1975

Thomas Hart Benton was one of America’s most popular artists during the decades leading up to World War II. Along with Grant Wood and John Steuart Curry, see more . . .

he gained artistic fame as a Regionalist painter, depicting the people and culture of the American Midwest, in particular his native state of Missouri.  Considered by many to be reactionary due to his outspoken and inflammatory diatribes against the art world, Benton, a populist, did in fact boldly use his art to protest the KKK, lynching, and fascism during the 1930s and 1940s. He was also an admired teacher at New York’s Art Students League, offering students grounding in European art history, as well as an awareness of European modernism. Benton’s main contribution to 20th century American art might be his thematic emphasis on images of ordinary people and common lore.  Among his many students were Jackson Lee Nesbitt and Jackson Pollack.

Henry Casselli
American, b. 1946

Samuel Chamberlain
American, 1895 – 1975

Photographer, etcher and author, Samuel Chamberlain pictured the American countryside and the landscapes of Europe see more . . .

with his pencil and his camera. Mr. Chamberlain studied architecture at MIT but, influenced by years in France, decided he would prefer to record the picturesque rather than design it. He studied etching in Paris under Edouard Leon and later served as an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Michigan. He left this post to study etching with Malcolm Osborne. Chamberlain’s interest in the American scene led a position as official etcher for the Williamsburg restoration project in Virginia. His work has been reproduced in more than 40 books.  

John DeMartelly
American, 1903 – 1980

Born in Philadelphia, DeMartelly studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Academia delle Belle Arte see more . . .

 in Florence, Italy and at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied with Malcolm Osborne and Robert Austin. He taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and became friends with Thomas Hart Benton. Like Benton, DeMartelly tapped into the American rural scene for his regionalist subject matter. Twelve of his regionalist lithographs were published by Associated American Artists. He later served as the longtime artist-in-residence at Michigan State University. 

Stevan Dohanos
American, 1907 – 1994

Dohanos, a native of Ohio, studied at the Cleveland Museum Art School and later under the master of lithography, see more . . .

 Stow Wengenroth. He created fine art that gloried in the beauty of the everyday object or situation. He also created illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post, producing more than 125 magazine covers between 1943 and 1959. He is second only to Norman Rockwell in the number of covers produced for the Post. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Illustrators.

Martha Mayer Erlebacher
American, 1937-2013

Born in Jersey City, NJ, Erlebacker received an MFA from Pratt Institute in 1963. She had an extensive teaching career at some of Philadelphia’s and New York City’s see more . . .

premier art schools, including the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and the New York Academy of Art. She also guest lectured at Yale University, Vassar College, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts. In 1982, she was awarded a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a leading American Realist painter, Erlebacher’s work is shown in many principal galleries in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia, included in numerous museum exhibitions on subjects such as figurative art, American women artists, and the Philadelphia art scene, and is part of many prestigious private and public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.

George O. “Pop” Hart
American, 1868 – 1933

Born in Cairo, Illinois, Hart left home at the age of 18, traveling to London by cattle boat. After his London sojourn, see more . . .

he returned to Chicago where he worked as a sign painter and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Always nomadic in nature, he travelled constantly to the four corners of the globe. He often generated needed income by falling back on his sign painting skills. In 1917, Hart and fellow artist, Jules Pascin, shared a Vieux Carre apartment in New Orleans, a city that inspired a few notable lithographs and many brilliant watercolors. In 1918, he had his first one-person show at Knoedler Gallery in New York. He was twice elected as President of the Brooklyn Society of Etchers.  

Morris Henry Hobbs
American, 1892 – 1947

Born in Rockford, Illinois, Hobbs studied at the Chicago Art Institute. In 1936, he was invited to exhibit a solo show at the Smithsonian Institution. see more . . .

He invented a miniature etching press and many etching tools. He served as Director of the Chicago Society of Etchers. After going to New Orleans to exhibit at the Arts and Crafts Club, Hobbs relocated to that city. He is best known for his nudes and for the architectural etchings and drypoints of his adopted city.  

Victoria Huston Huntley
American, 1900 – 1971

Victoria Hutson Huntley studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, and the Art Students League. At the League, she studied see more . . .

with George Bridgman, George Luks, John Sloan and Max Weber. After her marriage in the 1920s to William Hutson ended, she married Ralph Huntley in 1933 and they remained together until her death in 1971. Her lithographs can be found signed Victoria Ebbles, Victoria E. Hutson, Victoria Hutson and Victoria Hutson Huntley. She won numerous awards for her lithographic work including a prize from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1930, and the Philadelphia Print Club in 1933. She is a noted printmaker producing over 85 images throughout her career. Subjects vary from urban images to country scenes and in the late 1940s she began a group of images of Florida including many great images of the Everglades and the animals that lived in that area.

Rockwell Kent
American, 1882 – 1971

Born in Tarrytown Heights, NY, Kent sought adventure in remote parts of Alaska, Greenland and Newfoundland. see more . . .

He studied art at Columbia University with William Merritt Chase and Kenneth Hayes Miller. He wrote and illustrated many books with his woodcuts and wood engravings. A leading figure of America’s left, Kent was very popular and well collected in the former Soviet Union. His wood engravings depict a stylized and idealized art deco image of man.

Robert Kipniss
American, b. 1931

Robert Kipniss, an American painter and printmaker, was born in New York City. He studied at the Art Students League, New York City; see more . . .

Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio; and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where he received a B.A. in English Literature and a MFA in Painting and Art History. His paintings, lithographs, mezzotints, and drypoints, often depicting trees, forms and interiors, convey a sense of solitude and inward experience. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, The British Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Selected prizes and awards include the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, 1988; and his election to the prestigious National Academy of Design.

Edward Landon
American, 1911-1984

Edward Landon studied at both the Hartford Art School and the Art Students League. He was a pioneer in elevating see more . . .

. silkscreen to the level of fine art and was one of the founding members of the National Serigraph Society.  He served as president of the society and as editor of its publication, The Serigraph Quarterly. Landon was also a musician and many of his subjects have the musical theme as their inspiration. In 1950 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Norway where he lectured on serigraphy and arranged exhibitions of the serigraph. He was widely exhibited at many of the leading museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Evan Lindquist
American, b. 1936

Evan Lindquist was born in Salina, Kansas, in 1936.  He grew up in Emporia, Kansas, and is currently a full-time artist-printmaker in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He taught printmaking see more . . .

and drawing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro for forty years and retired from teaching in 2003.  His earned his MFA degree from the University of Iowa in printmaking with Mauricio Lasansky and his BSE degree from Emporia State University.

Honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by The Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA); The Arkansas Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Emporia State University Distinguished Alumni Award.  Lindquist was named to the Centennial list of 100 most distinguished faculty at Arkansas State University 1909-2009. He was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member at ASU and appointed First Chairman of the President’s Fellows. He founded the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition

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Jean Michel Mathieux Marie
French, b. 1947

Mathieux-Marie studied architecture at the Paris Academy of Fine Arts and graduated in 1972. In 1978, see more . . .

he decided to specialize in the drypoint printing process in La Main d’Or Studio in Paris. Many of his early works are inspired by the Iranian landscape. Contrary to the practice of other etchers, Mathieux-Marie works with a steel plate, not a copper plate, because he believes steel is more resistant.

C.F.W. Mielatz
American, 1860-1919

Born in Bredding, Germany in 1864, Mielatz emigrated to the United States as a young boy and studied at the Chicago School of Design. see more . . .

Mostly self-taught, his first prints were large New England landscapes reminiscent of the painter-etcher school of American Art. Around 1890 he started to produce prints of New York City and by the time of his death, the number totaled over ninety images. He was a master technician in the field of etching, reworking many of his plates to get the exact feeling he was seeking. Mielatz was a member of the New York Etching Club and was elected an Associate Member of the National Academy in 1906. He succeeded James David Smillie as the etching teacher at the National Academy, a position he held for 15 years. According to Wilson’s Index of American Print Exhibitions, 1882-1940, he was involved in nine group exhibitions including the New York Etching Club, The Brooklyn Society of Etchers, and posthumously, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1929.

Peter Milton
American, b. 1930

Born in Pennsylvania, Milton studied at VMI and completed his BFA and MFA  at Yale University under Josef Albers and Gabor Peterdi.   see more . . .

From 1961-1968, Milton lived in Baltimore where he taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art.  During this period he took an avid interest in printmaking.   Over the course of fifty years, he created intricate visual worlds in more than 130 prints, many of which took over a year to make.  Elements of Greek mythology, classical music, art history, and history coalesce in his images, which embrace the messiness, sorrow, and elation that is life.  His work is in over 200 collections including; the Museum of Modern Art, NY;  Metropolitan Museum of Art,  NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY;  Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, MA;, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Harry Morley
British, 1881 – 1943

After winning a scholarship in architectural studies to the Royal College of Art in 1900, Morley progressed through his training into a career in architecture. see more . . .

He determined, however, to become an artist while on a visit to Italy in 1907 and went to Paris to study painting in 1908. He became a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy from 1909 on and The Connoisseurs, his most famous print, was chosen for illustration in Fine Prints of the Year for 1924. In the late 1920’s, he turned to line engraving at the suggestion of Robert Sargent Austin and he went on to become a full member of the Royal Society Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1931.

David Morrison
American, b. 1956

David Morrison received an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. His nature-based see more . . .

colored pencil drawings present subjects with a quiet focus that are intensely rendered with almost microscopic detail. As Professor of Printmaking at Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, visiting lecturer and guest artist at numerous universities, Morrison is very involved in the world of printmaking, specifically stone lithography. He is exhibited widely, and his work is included in numerous public collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Portland Art Museum, to name a few.  

Thomas Nason
American, 1889 – 1971

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts and raised in nearby Billerica, Thomas Nason graduated from Tufts College and initially pursued a business career. see more . . .

In the early 1920s, his interest in art led him to explore and learn wood engraving and printmaking. In 1931, Nason and his wife Margaret bought an abandoned farm in Lyme, Connecticut, where he lived and pursued his craft for the next forty years. His prints are devoted to the portrayal of the New England landscape with remarkable sensitivity and detail. Though self-taught, Nason mastered the complexities of chiaroscuro wood engraving. He received many prizes and awards, and was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Society of American Etchers and many related organizations. His work is widely held by leading museums and galleries.

Joseph Pennell
American, 1857 – 1926

Born in Philadelphia, Joseph Pennell was an etcher, lithographer, illustrator, writer, teacher, and lecturer. He studied at the Pennsylvania see more . . .

School of Industrial Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins and lived and traveled abroad extensively. During his lifetime Pennell produced more than 900 etchings and 600 lithographs on architectural and landscape subjects at the same time completing thousands of illustrations for Century, Harpers Weekly, Scribners and many other magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. He and his wife, Elizabeth Robins Pennell wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books including several books on drawing and printmaking as well as a biography of James McNeill Whistler. His prolific work helped to spur the revival of printmaking and print collecting during the first two decades of the 20th century.. Pennell left his foutune to “The Nation” for the purchase of prints.

Philip Perlstein
American, b. 1924

Known for his depiction of nudes with almost clinical objectivity, Philip Pearlstein has been scrutinizing the body see more . . .

since the early 1960s, painting it as it is and avoiding idealization. He is as interested in pattern and composition as he is in the body itself. He creates still life-like, visually complex arrangements by entangling his models with pieces of furniture, colorful rugs and blankets, and an assortment of objects, like a decoy swan or a whirligig. Pearlstein’s work is in over seventy museums collections in the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

Christine Ravaux
Belgian, b. 1961

Born in Charleroi, Belgium, Ravaux is an artist who mirrors her surroundings in the mezzotints she creates. She has portrayed see more . . .

the black hills that dot the landscape of the Belgian mining city in which she lives and has captured the shadows and shapes created by the grasses and trees of her own backyard. Ravaux’s close up look at the ordinary things around her are just as effective when viewed as abstract compositions of form and light. Her work was awarded the first prize at IBIZAGRAFIC ’92, the prestigious Spanish Biennial which prompted a solo exhibition of her mezzotints and the publication of a monograph. In 1994, Ravaux was selected for inclusion in Intergafia ’94 – World Award Winners Gallery in Katowice, Poland.

Paul Resika
American, b. 1928

Paul Resika was a student of abstract expressionism under Hans Hoffman. His eventual style would fall in the category of representational abstraction, see more . . .

characterized variously by loose brushwork and rigid geometry. He considers himself a colorist, influenced by Henri Matisse and the Fauves. His favored subjects are nautical—born of the belief that “piers and boats and lighthouses are forms you can do something with”—and these images make frequent appearances in his work, serving as the core of his series “Vessels”.

Richard Sadler
English, b. 1927

Born in Coventry, England, Sadler trained in photography at the studios of Edward Eves in Leamington Spa.  He has been involved see more . . .

 in photographic education as a consultant and examiner but his chief interest has always been in the photograph as art. He has taught photography at the Coventry College of Art, the Derby College of Art and was course leader in Photographic Studies at the Derbyshire College of Higher Education. Sadler’s photographs are in the Victoria & Albert Collection, the Museum of Film and Photography in Bradford and the Center for Creative Photography founded by Ansel Adams in Tucson, Arizona. He currently serves as chair of the contemporary photography group of the Royal Photographic Society.

Lynn Shaler
American, b. 1955

Lynn Shaler, an American artist internationally known for her meticulously detailed color aquatint-etchings see more . . .

has been included in numerous museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She studied printmaking at the University of Michigan and subsequently received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pratt Institute. In 1984, Shaler won a Fulbright scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in Paris.

Francisco Souto
Venezuelan, b. 1973

Souto received a BFA from Herron School of Art and a MFA from The Ohio State University. His honors include more than 45 national and international awards and see more . . .

grants including Special Prize at the 7th International Triennial of Prints in Japan, Selected Prize at the 12th International Biennial of Prints and Drawings in China and the International Award at the British International Print Exhibition. He has been artist-in-residence in many national and international venues including: Helsinski Academy of Fine Art, Finland; MuseoGrabado, Mexico; University of Texas at Austin and Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio. His prints and drawings have been published in many catalogs, magazine and books including Drawing Magazine, Printmaking Today: International Magazine of Contemporary Graphic Art, published in the UK and Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Processes, published by Prentice Hall.  His work is held in several public and private collections including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, National Taiwan Museum of Art, Sheldon Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, Wichita Museum of Art, Romania National Museum of Art, Lakeview Museum of Art and Till Richter Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany.  He is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Levon West
American, 1900 – 1968

A descendent of the artist, Benjamin West, Levon West was born in South Dakota. Following a degree in economics and business administration at the University of Minnesota, see more . . .

he freelanced as an artist in Minneapolis and became interested in etching after reading Malcolm Salaman’s “Masters of Etching” series. In 1925, he decided to continue his business studies at Harvard but en route he sought out Joseph Pennell in New York who gave him great encouragement in the pursuit of a career in etching. West also had a second career as a pioneer color photographer under the pseudonym “Ivan Dmitri”.  In both graphic careers, as an etcher and photographer, he won great critical acclaim.
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