Bill Ritchie's art is perhaps in Washington State
last known to be in
the collection of the
Ross H. Jones, Jr. Estate
The photo is of the lithograph which was inspired by the actual drawing
in Ross Jones' Estate - no photo of the drawing is available, and the
whereabouts of the drawing is unknown - possibly with Ross' brother,
Gary Jones, last known to be living in Bellevue, WA.
Provenance: 1964. Drawing. Graphite on white paper. 15 X 10 in.
About Ross Jones (1943-1993): Ross was possibly my most avid fan and supporter, and he passed away sometime in the 1990s, I believe. I was never told why he died, he was only 50. There is much I have to say about Ross, and he collected a number of my works according to my records. These may have passed to his brother, who may still be living in Washington State. His obituary reads:
"He was born on May 28, 1943, to Ross H. and Esther (Stennes) Jones Sr., at Wenatchee. He graduated from Cashmere High School in 1961.
He received bachelor's degrees in philosophy and English from Central Washington University. He studied for one semester at the University of Americas in Mexico City. He taught junior high and senior high school, and freshman English at CWU during two years as a graduate assistant. He also did graduate work at the University of Washington. He worked at Schmitten Lumber during summers while in college.
He owned and operated a painting contracting business for a number of years in Seattle.
He had published poetry in ``The Chicago Jewish Forum'' and ``Inscape.'' His theater pieces had been produced at The Empty Space Theater in Seattle and The Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco.
He had lived in Los Angeles for the last few years and worked for Symbolics Inc., a computer firm, in the graphics department.
He was a member of First Stage, the A.F.I. Writers Workshop and the Scriptwriter's Network. His screenplay, ``The Kryptonite Kid'' won second place in the screenplay competition of the Screen Writer's Guild."
Bill Ritchie's Comment: The photo is of a lithograph which I made after the original drawing. Ross visited us and when he saw the drawing he immediately bought it. The subject was a live owl which my drawing teacher, perhaps Fred Spratt at San Jose State University, brought to class. It had been blinded by someone and was kept in a shelter. I was fascinated by how the owl would slowly turn its head, perhaps following the sounds but unable to see his location. For the drawing I superimposed a series to show the different postitions of the owl's looking. I may have drawn on transfer paper to make this lithograph so I could work directly from the live owl, but not be encumbered by a lithograph stone on an easel.
Provenance: Print. 1964. Lithograph printed from two stones. Ochre, black (deep purple). Image 15 3/4 X 12 in on 17 3/4 X 13 5/8 in Basingwerk Parchment paper. No. (unknown) of 18 impressions. Signed lower right. Framed. Purchased in the year 2000 from the Artist's Gallery on 5th and Aloha Street. Also in the collection of Richard Gurtiza , plus several which were sold in fundraising auctions, their whereabouts unknown.
Note: the actual print
is not available for photo at this time
"Little Spaceship Crash"
Provenance: 1977. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Colors uncertain at this writing but may have been ochre, red, blue, black, gray. Image 12 X 9 in on 15 X 11 3/4 in Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper. No. 2/35. Signed lower right.
Artist's Comment about the Little Spaceship Crash: Spanning two years of development and about 75 impressions, Little Spaceship Crash was the seed for a larger work. These came out of the movie, Planet of the Apes. I like to tell the story about the path flown by the helicopter filming it, and then my entry into computers graphics and how I learned the X-Y-Z of IT. This print was test of methods I would need for a larger version, then the tests resulted in an edition that stood on its own.
Institutions and corporate collections: Art Planning Consultants, New York, NY; Baker University, Baldwin, KS; Landau/Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles CA;Oregon Arts Commission; Bill Mally Collection, University of Washington IMS, Seattle, WA; Norton Building, Seattle, WA; Teller Training Institute, Seattle, WA; United Pacific Reliance Corporation, CA; USIA Tokyo, Japan.
Exhibitions: Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR; Davidson Galleries, Seattle (where it won an award), WA; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA; Kiku Gallery, Seattle, WA; Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT; US Information Agency, Tokyo Japan; Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK
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