Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
last known to be in
David Lonay Collection
Note: the actual print in the David Lonay 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. The print number is unknown. Signed lower right.
About David Lonay: Having not met David Lonay, but my 2015 search for him suggests that he is the David Lonay, who was 58 in 1987 and said he came out of retirement in 1974 to buy and rejuvenate Teller Training Institute, a declining, one-school business owned by a partnership in downtown Seattle. Since Lonay acquired the school's cramped offices for a meager $15,000, he turned the company around from running annual losses of about $60,000 to reaping a yearly income of between $6.5 million and $7 million. My records say he is David Lonay of Teller Training Institute, so this must be the same person.
Artist's Comment: 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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