|UNSPOILED WATERS (26/30) (1999), BY HERB JACKSON|
ACQUIRED FROM LITTLETON STUDIOS, SPRUCE PINE, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST 2000
VITREOGRAPH, 23" BY 17 3/4" (IMAGE SIZE 16" BY 12"), SIGNED AND NUMBERED BY THE ARTIST
When I visited Harvey Littleton's studio during the weekend of the Penland Auction (August 11-12, 2000), Harvey very nicely took the time to show me around his studio, which includes the facilities that he uses to create very high quality prints of works by artists who come to his studio. Harvey had some of Herb Jackson's prints on display, and showed me others that he had produced in cooperation with Herb... I thought that this print was very nice, so I decided to acquire a copy of it from Harvey.
Herb Jackson is well-known for his abstract works... this particular work, like Blue Point, features blue as the primary color. I was immediately attracted to the use of blue and the particular shapes in this work, especially the black shape that wends its way through the work.
Two plates were used in the creation of this print, which is a vitreograph, or print made using etched glass plates. First, an intaglio plate using Gamblin Dioxin Purple (no actual dioxin, that's just the name of the color!) and Portland Cool Black was pressed into the paper, creating just a few of the lines you see in the print. Then, a digigraph transfer was created using an Encad Novajet Pro 36 color inkjet printer and Graphic Outdoor inks. This second image was captured using a very-high resolution digital camera (approximately 3000 by 5000 pixels in resolution) that Harvey has in his studio.
This work bears the "chop" (an embossed symbol that indicates who worked on the print) of its publisher, Littleton Studios, and its master printer, Judith O'Rourke. Only 30 of these prints were created... it is truly a limited edition. I chose 26/30 for reasons which some of you out there may be familiar with... for the rest of you, suffice to say that the number 26 figures quite prominently in my life. :-)
At any rate, this is a very nice print of a very nice work of art... Harvey has demonstrated excellence in printing just as he did in glassblowing.
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