Bill Ritchie's art in the

Spencer Museum of Art Print Collection

Homage to Hayter

2002. Print. Mixed media. Woodblock on digital print. Black, orange, ochre on buff piano roll paper mounted on rag bond. Sheet is 11 X 8 1/2 in. Signed in middle of page. Includes email from JH. See also John & Evonne English Collection.

Artist's Comment: The Baren Forum Exchange (an online printmaking club) theme for 2002 was "Music" and I chose to honor S. W. Hayter, who I met in '69 and '83. In his book, New Ways of Gravure, he equates graphic composition with musical composition--opening my eyes to the idea that printmaking is more like music than drawing. I made the print using piano roll paper I found in a garage sale.

Homage to Nesch

2005. Print. Relief print from assemblage and woodcut. Black, brown, red. 14 in. X 10 in. Signed lower right.

Artist's comment: The theme in the Baren 2005 exchange portfolio was "Homage to an influential person," and I chose Rolf Nesch, with whom I worked in 1969. Composing the plates I was mindful of his collage technique he called metal grafik. I used woods and screen to make the block. After the edition, the resulting block was interesting, so I framed it and it is part of the David Prentice Collection.

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