Bill Ritchie art and design work in Washington
Erik Barkhaus Collection
Homanage a Picasso
Provenances: Monoprint. 2015. Moment number 1512222041. Print impression 5 7/8" X 3 7/8". Intaglio, black line etching with sanguine tone in the bottom on 7" X 5" Dutch Van Gelder Zonen paper. Artist's vermillion hand-stamp, lower right. Composed after Picasso's "Portrait of a Man" he made in 1970.
Plate: Copper plate etched for printing intaglio. Plate has been drilled in four corners for screws to make this unique display. The collection is framed under glass in a shadow box measuring 12" X 15" X 2 3/8".
Comment: It was in 2014 when I began proposing an International Print Center Incubators and Workplaces, and 2015 when I made this. One of the new printmaking business startups I began for the International Print Center Incubators and Workplaces was "Sip 'N Print." It was to be where people meet to interact with printmaker artists. The the 2016 series at Seattle's Great Nabob Bar - across from my studio on 5th Avenue North. For this market test I copied and etched three famous artists' works: Picasso, Rembrandt and Dali. I wrote "Homanage a Picasso" where, in his original, Picasso had signed his name in 1970. In "Sip 'N Print," customers would have had choices of such copies of famous etchings and try their hand printing in 90-minute sessions - assisted, of course, by the staff. They'd print on the Mini Halfwood Presses for which I'm known as the designer.
Eric with his birthday gift - photo by Joan Kappes
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