Bill Ritchie's art in California
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Presha Sparling & Keith Beckley Collection


Note: the actual print in the Sparling-Beckley collection is not
available for photo at this time but this is a reasonable facsimile.

Little Spaceship Crash

Provenance: 1977. Print. Intaglio, relief, stencil, litho. Colors uncertain at this writing but may have been ochre, red, blue, black, gray. Image 12 X 9 in on 15 X 11 3/4 in Van Gelder Zonen (natural, buff) paper. No. 35/35. Signed lower right.

About Presha Sparling & Keith Beckley: Presha and Keith both took printmaking classes at the UW and we stayed in contact for years afterward. They were instrumental in several special events involving my art and collected a number of my artworks. Twice they hosted us as guests in their house in Sayulita, Mexico. We remained friends many years and I enjoyed tracking their successes in real estate sales and private home construction.

Artist'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.

Private collections: Evonne Agnello, 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, Peggy Vanbianchi, and Carolyn Law & Andy Weisbecker

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.

Exhibitions: Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, OR; Davidson Galleries, Seattle (where it won an award), 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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Email: ritchie@emeralda.com