Bill Ritchie's Art in the
Jack Stewart Collection
Cyanotype 1981 Poster
1981. Six-color offset lithograph. Tones of blue, overprinted with transparent gloss yellow process PMS inks on white 165 lb Warren Patina pH Neutral paper. 40 X 24 3/4 in.
Artist's Comment: Though this poster was printed by offset litho, we made the plates from hand drawn masters. To create the blended colors I worked with the plate maker and printer plus I mixed the inks. Three sources make the image: A map of the Colorado River, a leaf-like diagram I used for computer animation and the famous woodblock print by Hokusai titled The Great Wave . . . I was influenced by cartography, computer technology and Japanese culture and also names of my family and studio mates.
Little Wave Square
1980. Wooden object. Laminated wood stem and head, stained and painted. Natural wood color and black head. Width 3 5/8 in., length 10 in., height 3 1/2 in. One of five made. Signed on underside.
Artist's Comment: After Keith Beckley and I made the 29-foot 1977 Bumbershoot Wave Square I wanted tabletop sized wave squares. I learned how to make a mold, press thin sheets of birch and laminate them to create the wave shaped stem. It was more difficult than you can imagine! I had to be satisfied with five. A collector bought four that I showed at the Erica Williams/Ann Johnson show. My parents held on to the last one, and when they died it came back to me. The wave square originated at Bumbershoot; I made a videotape documenting it.
About Jack Stewart: I met Jack online years ago and we carried on a chat then; one day in 2002 he walked into the Capitol Hill location where I was doing The Professor's Cabinet - a temporary gallery and workspace in a kind of international mall of arts and crafts. Jack took the poster home that day. We kept in touch, and he visited the shop on Taylor Avenue and spotted a little wave square and a wavy square and said he'd get those someday.
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