Bill Ritchie' art in Alaska
C. E. Licka Family Collection
Passive and active sides of Mariner Halfwood Press No. 10
Mariner Halfwood Press No. 10
Specifications: Made in 2018. Mariner Halfwood Press. Serial No. 10. Dark American walnut with laminated dark wenge core. Twelve-inch wide bed, 34 inches long, rack driven; synchronous pressure screws. Rollers are 3-inch diameter solid steel, top and bottom. Driving wheel is stainless steel 16-inches diameter. Geared and chain-driven driving the rack on the bed provide a 12:1 mechanical advantage. Included are three felts, adusting Allan wrcnches, user manual, designer's book "A Printmaker's Tale," and PressGhost in 8Mb thumb drive.
About C. E. Licka: C. E. Licka, known to many as Sean, is an art historian in Anchorage, Alaska. He spent most of his teaching career at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2017. When he was a student at the University Of Washington School of Art he met his future wife, the late Jeanne Ilgen, who was an MFA student in metal design. Not surprisingly, Dr. Licka wrote extensively about jewelry as miniature fine art sculpture.Ritchie's comment: I met Sean in the mid-1970's when he came to the UW School Of Art to work on his PhD in art history. He was interested in our work in video art and joined the class. Frankly it was a wonderment to me that an art history student would be interested in video experiments until I learned more about his thesis topic - the artist Joseph Cornell, known not only for his boxes and assemblage work but also for experimental film making.
About the Licka Collection: Perusing the Internet it seems that Sean came across my work by chance on one of my online gallery sites, the Fine Art America and sent an inquiry to me. Next came his purchase order for twenty-nine works on paper on the Ritchie family's Etsy site we call RitchieMiniArt. The image map below is linked to close-ups - click on the image, then use back-arrow to return.
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