Friday, February 24, 2012

Limited Edition Prints


According to Fine Artist Heather Van Wolf, the choice of where and how to print editions of original artwork is absolutely critical.  "I do not like producing digital prints or giclĂ©e of my fine art because you cannot truly control the edition which depletes the value. There is no plate or screen in the digital printing process which shows its age through the process. I either create my own etchings or work with master printers who collaborate with me to create unique identifiable pieces of art with closed editions from Gary Lichtenstein Studios or Bowne & Company Stationers in New York."
  Gary Lichtenstein and Heather van Wolf with "Paris View from a Rooftop." 

The original pen & ink "Paris View from a Rooftop" has been on exhibit at the National Arts Club, Gallery in the Park and was profiled in the New York Times and Art in America Magazine and is represented on the cover of her book .  The original is now part of a private collection. These hand pulled silkscreens created at Lichtenstein Studio's are large format in a limited edition run of 50.

"Working with Gary has been fantastic.  We recreated one of my favorite pen & ink drawings on a large scale with color. This is a fascinating and complex process and each print is beautiful and absolutely unique.  No two are ever the same because of the process itself. This has been a joy to work on and I am excited to produce more of my citiscapes on a large scale with Gary,"  says van Wolf.

Lichtenstein's prints are currently on exhibit at the The Butler Institute of American Art where he created unique prints with Charles Hinman. Lichtenstein has worked with leading contemporary artists and his prints have exhibited at museums across the country.

in 2003 Van Wolf worked with Bowne & Company to produce a limited edition printing of "Sail Manhattan" and "NYC May 2001."

"It's an absolute delight to work with Bowne & Company's master printers," says van Wolf,   "I always look forward to my visits there.  When you walk through the door it's like stepping back through time. They produce top notch work and the antique printing equipment they use is an outstanding example in design, engineering, craftsmanship and material."

Interior of Bowne & Co Stationers photo by Friends of Bowne

Late in 2012 New York's South Street Seaport Museum along with the historic Bowne & Company closed their doors. A vibrant advocacy effort saved the museum and print shop located at 211 Water Street.

Bowne & Company Stationers printers of  "NYC May 2011" & "Sail Manhattan"

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