Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
Paul Matsumura Collection
"Locus and Sea Squares "
Provenance: Print. 1982. Mixed media cyanotype, intaglio, and relief
print. Blue, gray, red-orange and black on 21 1/2 X 15 in. papers, 29 X 20 1/2 in. Japanese
paper. No. 69, from variable edition of 141 prints. Signed lower
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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