Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
Ken Lovelace Estate Collection
Placeholder, this grayscale image above is similar to the color print.
Locus and the Sea Squares
Provenance: 1982. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Ochre, red, blue, black, gray. Image 21 1/2 X 15 in. on 29 X 20 1/2 in. Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper. Number 73. Shown here is a black-and-white facsimile version in lieu of the color one in the Kent Lovelace Estate collection.
About Kent Lovelace: Kent owned and was the master lithographer at Stone Press Editions from 1997 - 2005. Located in Seattle, Stone Press Editions printed for prominent regional and national artists. He studied at the University of Washington. He's remembered for his ambitious professional, bootstrapping way. For example, he printed his colorful lithographs all week at the art school and, on Saturdays, had a booth at Seattle's Pike Place Market where he sold them. This way he financed his workshop in Belltown after graduation and printed many editions - his own and those of othe artists. When Carl Chew and Bill Ritchie staged their "Art Action" to raise money for their video project, Kent gave them the use of his gallery for the event - and charged them nothing. Kent showed Ritchie's work in a one-man show, and included him in his group exhibits, too. He's greatly missed. At a party one time Kent said, "I never studied with Bill Ritchie when I was at the UW. I wish I had."
His family continues to exhibit and sell Kent's work, with their website, including video.
Comment: This print is from a series of 141 trial proofs and artist's proofs in "cycles" of approximately 15 each, of different color series. They are proofs which I made in the processes of cyanotype, woodcut, and intaglio techniques. The result is a series of monotypes. The images derive from three sources: The map is based on the Colorado River, a vicinity known once as the Crossing of the Fathers; the leaf-like shape I call locus--the path of a moving point (I drew these to help establish data for use in a computer program). The Great Wave was drawn to resemble the famous print by Hokusai. Besides the pleasure of meeting people who want to take this print into their personal collections, I have shown the print numerous times and it has given me many rewards, nationally & regionally.
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