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Intern Perspectives: Three Figurative Printmakers

“Kitchen Worker” by Lee Newman

Below are Laura D.’s thoughts on our July Exhibition:

This month at the Washington Printmakers Gallery, Three Figurative Printmakers features works from Jack Boul, Robert D’Arista, and Lee Newman in the “American University Style.” Needless to say, this exhibit carries its own style amongst three different artists compared to past exhibits with multiple artists. Boul, D’Arista and Newman’s work compliments each other well – as their work reflects aesthetic values that came from the Studio House school of painting at the Phillips Collection.

The style of works is based mostly around monotypes; little color is seen throughout the exhibit – giving it a certain glow of darkness. Boul’s work is the most abstract, with works like Four Cows where one must look to find said cows; while Newman’s gives the eye more shapes and images to play with. This includes Studio Nude –  this print shows the figure and minimum detail, but just enough for the eye to continue to dance across the piece. Finally, D’Arista is a combination between the two. D’Arista includes pieces that are more abstract like Still Life with Tusche where, without looking at the title the subject matter isn’t immediately clear. Is it an apple and a bucket? Or a branch on a platter? The viewer must decide (or look at the title). But then D’Arista has more self-explanatory pieces like Seated Woman – which gives you the shapes, outlines, and shadows, that are also seen in Newman’s works.

These Three Figurative Printmakers could not have a more complimentary style. While each is unique in their own creativity, their use of monotype and other materials brings the collection together in a number of pieces that make the eyes dance across pieces from the flow of lines and shadows.

July 2012 Show Pics

Here is a quick slideshow of some of the work up in the gallery this month from Three Figurative Printmakers as well as Eric Robinson’s Press Room Mini Solo, Fragments.  This is by no means exhaustive–Eric has over 600 small prints up, Three Figurative Printmakers has 47 prints, and then there’s the member show as well, not pictured here.  Come in and visit us!

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Background on “Three Figurative Printmakers.”

“Cafe” by Jack Boul

The show is up!  We’ll have pictures tomorrow (we’re still working on getting some labels up) but we thought you might want to know a little more about the three printmakers, which we introduced in a previous post, and their relationship.

Both Jack Boul and Robert D’Arista were teachers of Lee Newman’s.  The American University Style that characterizes them grew out of the Studio School at the Phillips Collection.  The Phillips Collection was one of the first modern-focused museums in the area.  At the time, most fine art programs were based at museums, like the Corcoran School of Art is today.  American University, at the time of Boul, D’Arista, and student Lee, was one of the first schools in the area to have a fine arts program outside of a direct museum affiliation.  Today, many schools have their own independent fine arts programs, but it was unusual back then.

“Seated Figure” by Robert D’Arista

While all three of these artists have worked in different media, this show focuses on the three for which they are each best known: Jack Boul’s monotypes, Robert D’Arista’s drypoints, and Lee Newman’s (soft-ground) etchings.  Robert D’Arista would make his own drypoint and engraving tools, smashing semi-precious stones and then supergluing the fragments into a mechanical pencil.  These uniquely shaped tools give his drypoints a distinct quality.

“Kitchen Worker” by Lee Newman

After D’Arista passed, Lee Newman received many of his plates from which to print editions.  Lee said he had to study D’Arista’s mark-making all over again, as well as the prints he printed himself, to recreate D’Arista’s special way of wiping.  Lee said his style of wiping a plate simply did not work with D’Arista’s images.

We hope you’ll join us for the Artist Reception with Jack and Lee on Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm.  Check back tomorrow for installation shots!

…And we’re back!

“Tian Tan” by Liang Dong

Well, we never really were away, except for Annie (me).  But I’m back now, and super excited to see all the sales we’ve had from our Ex Libris show while I was away.  Haven’t seen it yet?  Best get in by the 24th, when it comes down.  Has your favorite print sold?  We can order you one (to arrive in late July)!

Next week starts our new exhibition, Three Figurative Printmakers, featuring Lee Newman along with Jack Boul and Robert D’Arista.  Also on view in the Press Room is Eric COGu Robinson’s mini-solo, Fragments. Mark your calendars for the opening reception on July 8.

Finally, if you’re an artist applicant patiently awaiting the results for National Small Works: our juror Brian Garner is making his final selections and notifications will be sent out on Saturday.

We’ll be back to more pithy posts starting tomorrow–right now there’s a week’s worth of emails and gallery housekeeping to catch up on!

Sneak Peek: Three Figurative Printmakers

“Seated Figure” by Robert D’Arista

WPG member Lee Newman has turned his solo exhibition into a 3-person exhibition this coming July.  We just got some images from him, Jack Boul, and the late Robert D’Arista, some of which are shown here.

Boul, D’Arista, and Newman have exhibited their work together on number of occasions over the past thirty years. Their work reflects the aesthetic values of what once was known as the American University Style or School (all three of them being associated with AU) which grew out of the Studio House school of painting at the Phillips Collection. The style is characterized by an intimate scale, a painterly approach bordering on abstraction, and an emphasis on the geometric underpinnings of composition.  If you enjoy Ellen

“Apartment” by Lee Newman

Winkler’s work (she also studied with Jack Boul) in her current solo exhibition, A Thing or Two, you’ll enjoy Three Figurative Printmakers as well.

Mark your calendars for the opening reception on Sunday, July 8, 2-5 pm.  Lee Newman and Jack Boul will be in attendance.