Bill Ritchie's art in Washington State
Dennis Evans & Nancy Mee Collection
(The above is a facsimile image of the impression in the Evans/Mee collection)
The Last Umbrella
Povenance: Print. 1967. Engraving, aquatint, relief and stencil print. Image 12 X 18 in printed on 16 3/4 X 23 in Rives BFK White paper. State IV, the exact Number within this state not available. Signed lower right.
About Dennis Evans and Nancy Mee: While I like and admire none of my former students less than Dennis and Nancy, they are important for the unique relationship they have with me and my family. I can name several of equal importance--or a dozen people who were with me during those important years when I was a professor, but Dennis and Nancy, each in their own way, bring memories of special events. I was fortunate to have Dennis on my side when he was a Teaching Assistant in my printmaking classes; but C. T. Chew was, too, just before Dennis entered graduate school. Nancy made use of the contacts I made in Europe more than anyone when she cobbled together her own study abroad program in Europe. Honestly, I could write a book about the things my former students did for me both during and after college, and Dennis and Nancy would take up quite a few pages.
Bill's comment about The Last Umbrella: Engraving, for me, is a slow process. I love detail, and the distinct smart lines. I started the plate in San Jose in 1966. The cat-like image is based on an old cat we had named Tristan. Months later I resumed the engraving in Seattle and I added a zinc plate for the upturned umbrella and the trees. With etching, I used aquatint and in the last states, relief "rainbow rolling" and a metal stencil. I can see now--writing about it over 40 years later--the print has autobiographical elements. Oh, the stories it tells me now!
The illustrations here a place-holders, only
facsimiles of the actual prints in the Evans-Mee
Little Spaceship Crash
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.2/21/77/III T/P2 and also (75?) 1977 Exp/imp. 5 and 2/7/77II T/P3. Both prints signed lower right.
Bill's Comment about the Little Spaceship Crash: 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.
Institutions and corporate collections: Art Planning Consultants, New York, NY; Baker University, Baldwin, KS; 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.
Target Heart II
Specifications: 1972. Lithograph drawn on stone. Printed light green, sienna, black and overprinted white with rose tint, 19 1/2 X 13 3/4 in. on 24 X 18 in. Van Gelder Zonen natural buff. Signed lower right.
Artist's comment: Crayon manner drawing on stone is slow and exacting the way I did it, and a good way to contemplate my theme. This was when trees were taking the background to the bridge series and target hearts.
Other collections include Pat Austin, Ward Hulbert, Michitaka Nakahara and Harold Sims.
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