Mario Avati
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, 1940-2017

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. 

Albert W. Barker
American, 1874-1947

Barker was born in Chicago where his parents were visiting on business, but his true home was Moylan, Pennsylvania. see more . . .

He was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Haverford College and he eventually earned a Ph.D. in Greek from the University of Pennsylvania. He initially taught Greek at Haverford and served as assistant professor of fine art at Swarthmore. Later, s he served the public schools of Wilmington, Delaware for eight years as director of art education.

In 1926, Barker discovered lithography and an ability to do on stone what he was doing with charcoal. In 1927, he met master lithographer, Bolton Brown, with whom he studied and became devoted to lithography. He was intent on recording the landscapes and farms of his native area. In 1934, he was given a solo show at the Smithsonian.

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.  

 

 

Udo Claassen
German , b. 1948

Claassen was born in Itzehoe in the state of Schleswig-Holstein. He discovered the medium of mezzotint see more . . .

by seeing a book on the work of master engraver, Yozo Hamaguchi and he learned the technique through his own experimentation.  He has been working in mezzotint since 1978 although he considers his primary artistic pursuit to be drawing and painting.

The artistic influences on Claassen have been C. D. Friedrich, Wang Wei and Ansel Adams. 

 

Harvey Daniels
British, 1936-2013

Born in London, Daniels attended the Willesden School of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art, London University and Brighton College of Art. see more . . .

 He served as Principal Lecturer in Printmaking at Brighton College of Art from 1970-1989.  His paintings and prints have been exhibited since the early 1960s including numerous solo exhibitions in the UK, Scotland, Germany, the US, France and Norway. He wrote four books on printmaking, including Printmaking (Paul Hamlyn, 1970) and Exploring Printmaking for Young People (with Silvie Turner, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1972). Daniels’ work is in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; the Detroit Institute of Art; the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, among others. His work has described by art historian Norbert Lynton as a “visual carnival.”

 

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. 

 

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 traveled 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.  

 

Joseph Hirsch
American, 1910 – 1981

Born in Philadelphia, Hirsch studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and later with George Luks. see more . . .

  He taught painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and the Art Student’s League. He also served as a visiting artist at Dartmouth College.

 

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.  

 

Peter Jogo
American, b. 1948

Peter Jogo was born in Deposit, New York in 1948.  He studied at the State University of New York at Albany and received a Master of Fine Arts degree at  Cornell University. For much of his life, see more . . .

he has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, which has provided the inspiration for many of his nocturnes.

The mezzotints and pastels by Jogo capture the silence and stillness possible in both rural and urban landscapes. With masterful use of the subtle tones, only possible with mezzotint, played against strong silhouettes and deep shadows, the artist develops evocative nocturnal settings. The soft, ethereal quality of the black and white provides a foundation on which the artist builds his multi-plate color mezzotints, allowing for a particular richness, depth and texture in the landscapes of rolling fields and open skies. The softness of his larger chalk pastels is a natural evolution from the mezzotint surface. Whether in the city or the country, Jogo’s landscapes create inviting spaces for pause and reflection.

Jogo has been awarded the Strathmore Award for Watercolor Excellence from the Butler Institute of American Art, purchase awards from the Pratt Graphics Center, DeCordova Museum, North Carolina Print and Drawing Society, the Print Club of Philadelphia, and the University of Wisconsin.

 

 

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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Armin Landeck
American, 1905-1984

Armin Landeck was born in 1905 in Crandon, Wisconsin. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Columbia University in 1927, see more . . .

and studied life drawing with George B. Bridgman at the Art Students League. In the 1940s Landeck met English printmaker Stanley William Hayter, and furthered his study of printmaking at the school-workshop Atelier 17.

Landeck began printmaking while still at Columbia University, and bought a second-hand press from the Kelton Company that he used to pull his first print in 1927. He married the same year and spent the following year and a half on his honeymoon traveling and studying the art and architecture of Europe, drawing and etching plates along the way. In 1929 when he returned to New York, he was unable to get a job at an architectural firm, and he moved his family to East Cornwall, Connecticut. He decided to devote his time to printmaking and teaching. In 1931, he was offered a teaching position at the Brearly School and remained there until his retirement in 1958.

Having gained an affinity for teaching, in the fall of 1934 he, along with Martin Lewis, opened the School for Printmakers at George Miller’s lithography studio. However, the school only remained open through the winter of 1935 due to the economic climate. From 1934-1942, Landeck was very productive, creating cityscapes representing a lonely and barren New York City. These won him popular and critical acclaim and established his reputation as a skillful printmaker. In 1940 he met Stanley William Hayter who invited him to his workshop Atelier 17, where Landeck learned engraving and the use of the burin. He produced his first copper engraving at this time. During the following ten years, he continued to use drypoint and etching in his prints as well as pure copper engraving, but engraving would become his preferred medium. He won fourteen awards during this time, including three for his print Rooftop.

In the 1950s his work became more abstract, and Landeck used larger plates to achieve bold, compelling lines, but realism was always at the base of his work. In 1953, he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship to work in Europe. He spent most of his time in Paris, where he used Hayter’s studio and press at Atelier 17. Landeck continued to produce prints until the last years of his life, which include scenes of New York City, his greatest source of inspiration. He was elected a National Academician, a Guggenheim fellow, a member of the Society of American Etchers and Society of American Graphic Artists. Armin passed away in 1984.

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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.  

 

Nirav Patel
b. 1982

Nirav Patel was born on May 11, 1982 in India. He is currently a San Francisco-based Fine Art Portrait and Wedding Photographer see more . . .

whose emotive work is inspired by quiet moments. His signature pieces involve the molding of natural and artificial light in dramatic ways to draw attention to expression and emotion. Highly inspired by cinema, his photos often tell an open-ended story. The intentional use of color further draws the viewer into the feeling and mood of each photograph he takes.

I am drawn to quiet moments. I believe this pull originated from attempts at self-preservation when I was a young boy living in neighborhoods that were difficult. At the age of 7, I built a sanctuary in my room. In this small space, I placed a red tent on my bed and surrounded it with a moat of stuffed animals that served as my protectors. My imagination soared in this beautiful, safe haven. The feeling of loneliness was replaced by the comfort of solitude. Here is where I found my quiet moments. To this day I still look for the glimpses of quiet when the world is turbulent. Creating imagery is the only way I’ve ever known how to share my story with others. 

 

Philip Pearlstein
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.

 

Brinley Ribando
American, b. 2000

Brinley Ribando is a painter, printmaker, and photographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  see more . . .

Her work explores the relationship between the female form and the natural world. Focusing on the female form as a visual component that mirrors nature, creating a comparative dialogue.

 

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.

 

Sir Frank Short
British, 1857-1945

Sir Frank Short originally trained as an engineer but left this line of work to pursue a career as an artist. He attended evening classes see more . . .

at Stourbridge School of Art before moving to London. In London he studied at South Kensington and Westminster Schools of Art, mastering the techniques of mezzotint, aquatint and etching.  

Short exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1885 and 1904. He won two gold medals for engraving at the Paris Salon in 1889 and 1900. Soon after this he became a teacher of etching and was professor of engraving at the Royal College of Art between 1913 and 1924. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers (now the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers) in 1885, becoming its President between 1910 and 1938. Short was Master of the Art Workers’ Guild in 1901and an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1906, where he became Treasurer from 1919 until 1932. He was knighted in 1911 and was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours in 1917.  

Short lived and worked in London and Sussex for most of his life. He was considered one of the leading figures in the field of etching and engraving in the early 20th century, responsible for reviving interest in mezzotint and aquatint techniques.

 

Larry Welo
American, b. 1951

Larry Welo has been creating etchings since the early 1970s.  A graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Welo operated see more . . .

a studio in Minneapolis until moving to Wisconsin, where he currently lives. His etchings cover a broad range of topics and offer witty perceptions about the world sets him apart from many other artists.  Scenes from small Midwestern towns, spirited cats, images of baseball diamonds or bicyclists — all of these subjects are fertile territory for Welo’s wit and skill as a printmaker.  His prints on baseball themes are included in the Sports Art Archives at the Butler Institute of Art and in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as corporate, private and university collections in the Midwest.

 

Laurence Winram
Scottish, b. 1968

Laurence Winram is a Scottish photographer based in Edinburgh. see more . . .

His projects are diverse but the work most personally revealing to be found in both his Conemen and MythosLogos projects. The main focus of these is informed by his perception of the world as a truly mythic and interconnected place.

 

 

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