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.
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