Bill Ritchie's art in the
Carl Chew Collection
"Isn't it funny how people who love each other don't say much to each other?" - John Cage paraphrased.
A couple years ago I realized after 38 years knowing C. T. Chew and counting him as a best friend, I had not yet put his name among my art patrons' pages. His collection of my work must be a big collection, but as a start I have put in these two - two prints for which he was responsible in my making them. - BR
Artist's comment: 1988. Screen print, 3 colors. Black, green (inks number more as sheens vary). Image 17 X 25 1/4 in on 22 X 30 in Arches 88. Signed lower right. Collections of over 50 members of CD/I Publisher's Club individuals, museums and corporations and Artist's Family.
Artist's comment: "I selected two images that showcased my use of computer graphics in their creation, and added them to C. T. Chew's brainchild--a four print portfolio of our work to finance the CD/I project launch. The Dreamer came from 36 Views of the Locus of Beauty. Mike Peterson printed this one and gave me the shiny-black-on--dull-black I wanted to make the otherwise static image 'live' as I move around the print. The acid green is from the first CRT displays that came with my first Apple II computer.
Artist's comment: 1988. Screen print. Eight colors: Black, silver, yellow-green, red, green and interference sheen colors. Image 17 X 25 in. on 22 X 30 Arches' 88. Signed lower right. Collections of fifty members of the CD/I Publisher's Club and the Artist's family & Fine Print Studios.
Artist's Comment: "C. T. Chew conceived a plan to finance our joint venture into CD-based publishing. Art Student was our vision, a disk to contain 'everything an art student needs'. We contacted our patrons, friends and corporations. We raised the money we needed to buy equipment and research materials, tuition and some living expenses. Lunar Concerns started out as an Apple II dot-matrix print, and went through several metamorphoses. I have shown these prints numerous times and they have given me many rewarding experiences and developed relationships nationally."
Voyage of the Emeralda
Little Spaceship Crash
Ritchie's Comment: Spanning two years of development and about 75 impressions, Little Spaceship Crash was the seed for a larger work. These came out of the movie, Planet of the Apes. I like to tell the story about the path flown by the helicopter filming it, and then my entry into computers graphics and how I learned the X-Y-Z of IT. This print was test of methods I would need for a larger version, then the tests resulted in an edition that stood on its own.
Provenance: 1977. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Ochre, red, blue, black, gray.
Image 12 X 9 in on 15 X 11 3/4 in Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper.
No. 2/25/77 Artist's Proof. Signed lower right. Inscribed "To Nellie" as it was part of the artist's two daughters' collections.
Private collections: Evonne Agnello, Karl Beckley, Billie Jane Bryan, Larry Dillon, Linda Farris Estate, Alfred Harrison, Kim & Carol Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Ross Jones Estate, Keith Kirkpatrick, David Lonay, Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee, Anne Middleton, Walter Parsons, Maury Pepin Estate, Donna Pope, Ed & Anne Praczukowski, James "Bud" Richardson, Lynda Ritchie, Carol Fuller- Schwab, Lori Shepard, Keith Beckley & Presha Sparling, Peggy Vanbianchi, and Carolyn Law & Andy Weisbecker
Institutions and corporate collections: Art Planning Consultants, New York, NY; Landau/Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles CA;Oregon Arts Commission; Bill Mally Collection, University of Washington IMS, Seattle, WA; Norton Building, Seattle, WA; Teller Training Institute, Seattle, WA; United Pacific Reliance Corporation, CA; USIA Tokyo, Japan.
Exhibitions: Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR; Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; Impressions Gallery, Boston, MA; Kiku Gallery, Seattle, WA; Silvermine Guild of Arts, New Canaan, CT; US Information Agency, Tokyo Japan; Visual Arts Center, Anchorage, AK
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Description: 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 unavailable. Signed lower right. Other owners include Gretchen Davidson, Kathy Rabel, 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.
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