Bill Ritchie art and design work in Washington State
John Fairman Collection
Passive and active sides for John & Laurie Fairman's Galleon Halfwood Press
Galleon Halfwood Press No. 18
Ritchie's comment :John and Laurie returned from Hong Kong in July, 2017, and with friends paid a visit to our Mini Art Gallery and made a deposit on the press. John reminded me that he had been a student in my course at the UW, exactlty describing the art I was making those years. This is the second work the couple purchased - the first being a print from the Loci and the Sea Squares series of 1982.
Galleon Halfwood Press specifications: Serial No. 90018. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 5/16" polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" diameter stainless steel and drives gears (concealed) and with rack-driven bed, approximates a 6:1 mechanical reduction. Styled in solid black walnut wood with wenge interlayer on the base' foots. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual, 5-piece Allen wrench set, and the designer's paperback semi-fiction book, "A Printmaker's Tale."
About Laurie and John: They recently closed their antique stores, Honeychurch, in Seattle and Hong Kong.
Specification: 1982. Intaglio, and relief print. Printed with "Loci" plate printed in bottom. Graphite ink tined with stone-orange, light vermillion blend. On 21 1/2 X 15 in. Japanese etching paper. No.75, from variable edition of 141 prints. Signed lower right.
Artist's Statement: This print is from a series of 141 trial proofs and artist's proofs in "cycles" of around 15 each, and each in a different color combination. I made them in the processes of cyanotype, woodcut, and intaglio techniques. The images are from three sources: A map of the Colorado River, at the Crossing of the Fathers; the leaf shape I call locus--the path of a moving point (drawn to establish data in a computer program); Finally, The Great Wave was drawn from the famous print by Hokusai."