Bill Ritchie Artwork in Washington State
in the

Kathleen "KR" Rabel Collection

"Hangdown Target "

Specification: 1969 Intaglio print, Impression Red, silver, ochre on natural buff paper chine colle'd. Image 8 3/4" X 12" on 12 1/2" X 16" Arches Cover. Edition of 5. Signed lower right. See also Lynda Ritchie and Jundt Art Museum Collections.

Artist's comment: "I had made a series of targets and reflections, and it was the first year I started my video art period. About this time I acquired a lining tool (AKA 'liner') that made tiny, evenly spaced lines that reminded me of video raster lines. I also was perfecting the KPR photo-etching process. Last, I got a can of silver ink from Dan Smith. Chine colle I had learned from Stephen Hazel. All these things combined to yield my 'Hangdown Target.'"

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Little C-Square

Specification: 1977. Print. Intaglio & woodcut. Black, ochre, blue, orange. Smith & Weber intaglio ink and watercolor on Japanese papers chine colle'd on Van Gelder Zonen. 6 3/4 X 5 in. on 12 X 9 in. Number unknown. Signed lower right. Other owners include Carl Chew, Gretchen Davidson, Ben Mahmoud, Lee Stubbe, Joan Bloedel, Brett and Marivic Weathers and the Ritchie family.

Artist's Statement: The C-squares series used the architect and engineer's instrument, warped, bent and twisted. Nineteen seventy-seven was the year of the Great Wave Square at Seattle's art festival, Bumbershoot, and other works on this theme. Sosaku-hanga is similar to watercolor and I could have a variety of colors in the foreground (bottom) area of the print. No two are alike - but almost. The bent 'C' form of the C-square is debossed. I used a pierced, cut-out area in the thin copper that I used for the etching and a ribbon of wood veneer carried the ochre.

Showing the colophone and Bill Ritchie part of the four prints.


Specification: Liners" is a limited edition of ten suites numbered 1/10 to 10/10 with an additional five suites designated “Artists Proofs” which become the property of the contributors. Boxes by K. Rabel; silk slip cases by Mrs. Rabel; the machine known as "the liner" courtesy of National Lithograph Company. These are works on paper in mixed print media and drawing. Four sheets measuring 12 X 12 in., each signed and numbered and tipped in individual rag folders and enclosed in a black anodized aluminum box measuring 12 1/4 X 12 and 1/4 X 3/8 inches. Artists are Keith Achepohl, “Night,” color intaglio in purple, green, blue and black on BFK Rives paper, 12 X 12 inches. Signed lower right, K. Achepohl; Stephen Hazel, “Banderole #67,” color intaglio in red, yellow and blue with embossing on BFK Rives paper, 12 X 12 inches. Studio chop and signed, lower right, Stephen Hazel ‘69; Bill H Ritchie, “Three Bushes,” color intaglio in red, green, silver and blue on Copperplate Deluxe paper, 12 X 12 inches. Signed lower right B. Ritchie ‘69; Charles Stokes, “Rose Seasherotic,” polygraph-metalpoint in copper point / silver point on Chinese white ground on Amalfi paper lined onto J. Green waterleaf paper, red rose and stem impression. 12 by 12 inches. Chopped lower left, signed Fall ’69 and, lower right, Charles Stokes. "

Comment: The colophon, an intaglio print in silver in on Rives BFK paper, reads: "Liners, a suite of editioned papers by four Seattle artists, was created with the aid of a 19th Century machine originally intended to rule parallel lines on lithograph stones in the commercial printing industry and was used here as the principle drawing tool. The machine’s compelling limitations and a continuing fascination among the Seattle Group for the morphology of form within mechanization/technology combined to bring liners to publication."

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