Bill Ritchie Artworks in the

Carvel and Sarah Sue Zwingle Collection

1984. "Two Dog Samurai Coat". Cyanotype assemblage. Blue, black, brown and brass colored grommets on white Rives BFK 100% rag paper. Approximately 55 in. high X 36 in wide.

Artist's comment: For several summers in '80s I loved to work with cyanotype, a mid-19th Century photography process (eclipsed by silver-based photo chemistry). For an artist this process has many benefits--it takes a long time to expose and develops in running water. It's almost non-toxic. On a bright, June day I spread my paper out on a deck and lay down on it, arms askew, in a "warrior" pose. That's my face, profiled, in the top. I was doing my handmade dog series at that time, too, in other art mediums. That is, you hold your hand just so to make the "shadow" dogs. also I was thinking about Japanese theater and costumes, the the samurai philosopher Musashi.


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"Ritchie Williams/Johnson Gallery Poster". Screen monoprint. Red, yellow, brown, black screen printing ink (silkscreen or serigraph process) and dry media on approximately 9 in X 48 inch white Arches Cover, 100% rag paper.

Artist's statement: Though it was the first printmaking process I learned in college, screen printing had not been my favorite print making technique because it required repetitive motion throughout the printing of the edition. How boring! Then I found out about using pencil, pastels and other "dry" media in such a way that I could draw between printing each color, and this gave me a serial way of working, some of the image (such as the hearts in this print) remaining the same, while other parts changed from one print to the next. I made the collection of posters from which this print came for a solo show at the Williams/Johnson Gallery in Seattle.


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