New Etching Print Edition

  • Edition of 10

  • 11 x 15 inches (including border). The plate itself is 4 x 5 inches.

  • Zinc plate etching with aquatint, printed on Rives BFK 280g archival paper, untrimmed

  • hand drawn, inked, and printed by me

  • signed and numbered by me, as well

  • Available on September 26 at 12:00 pm PST on the store page of this website. For questions or concerns, feel free to email me (see my contact page).

Zinc plate etching on Rives BFK 280g archival paper, 4 x 5 inches

Zinc plate etching on Rives BFK 280g archival paper, 4 x 5 inches

#8/10, full size view

#8/10, full size view

I used this etching as a study for a painting that was exhibited in Chicago at Vertical Gallery in September. You can see it in the “Paintings” section of my site. Below are some photos of the print making process. I did not get photographs of every single step of the way, but that’s because I was busy working. Enjoy!

Here’s a shot of the uncompleted drawing on the metal plate. The zinc is covered with a layer of “hardground”, and a metal drawing/scraping implement is used to remove that layer, leaving he exposed zinc below to make essentially a negative of the desired image.

Here’s a shot of the uncompleted drawing on the metal plate. The zinc is covered with a layer of “hardground”, and a metal drawing/scraping implement is used to remove that layer, leaving he exposed zinc below to make essentially a negative of the desired image.

Here’s the plate after it’s been inked up for printing, but before the aquatinting process has begun.

Here’s the plate after it’s been inked up for printing, but before the aquatinting process has begun.

Printing the plate prior to aquatinting (I’ve got a small edition of this version to be released later).

Printing the plate prior to aquatinting (I’ve got a small edition of this version to be released later).

Aquatinted plate, after it was run over by an automobile. Yes, it was run over by an automobile after I put it on top of my car then forgot about it and drove away. I found it in the street minutes later. Happily, though, there was little damage to the plate, and even added some nice atmospheric elements in there. I like to think that a small pick up truck ran it over. Goes with the theme.

Aquatinted plate, after it was run over by an automobile. Yes, it was run over by an automobile after I put it on top of my car then forgot about it and drove away. I found it in the street minutes later. Happily, though, there was little damage to the plate, and even added some nice atmospheric elements in there. I like to think that a small pick up truck ran it over. Goes with the theme.

Inked up plate.

Inked up plate.

Ready to print

Ready to print

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Boom.

Boom.

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Dig those sweet, sweet textures.

Dig those sweet, sweet textures.

New Painting for the Moniker Art Fair in London, England

“Blue Blocks”, Oil on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches, 2019

“Blue Blocks”, Oil on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches, 2019

Moniker Art Fair

October 2 - 6, 2019

The Chelsea Sorting Office

90 - 100 Sydney Street

London

SW3 6NJ

Exhibiting courtesy of Thinkspace Gallery

"Celestial Spaces" - Group Exhibition at Evoke Contemporary

I’ve got some new work for an upcoming group show at Evoke Contemporary in Sata Fe, NM, featuring: Seth Armstrong, Louisa McElwain, Christopher Benson, Christopher Burk, Gregory Ferrand, and Harriet Yale Russell.

“Pink”, oil on wood panel, 12 x 16 inches, 2019

“Hillside”, oil on paper adhered to wood, 18 x 24 inches, 2019

“Hillside”, oil on paper adhered to wood, 18 x 24 inches, 2019

For availability, please visit www.evokecontemporary.com.

Opening Friday, August 16th 5 - 7pm.

Evoke Contemporary

550 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM. 87501

New Etching Print Edition

  • Edition of 10

  • 14 x 17 inches (including border)

  • zinc plate etching with aquatint, printed on Rives BFK 280g archival paper

  • hand drawn, inked, and printed by me

  • signed and numbered by me, as well

  • This limited edition print will be made available on June 12 at 12:00 pm PST. For questions or interest, feel free to email me (see my contact page).

Zinc plate etching on Rives BFK 280g archival paper, 9 x 12 inches (14 x 17 in. with border)

Here’s a bit of the etching process, just to give a clear idea of what this thing actually is. Forgive my lack of technical terminology.

Drawing onto the plate with a metal etching needle. There’s a thin layer of “hardground” on the zinc plate, which the drawing implement basically scrapes off to make the image.

Drawing onto the plate with a metal etching needle. There’s a thin layer of “hardground” on the zinc plate, which the drawing implement basically scrapes off to make the image.

Finished with the drawing.

Acid bath. Dipping the plate in acid eats away at the exposed metal, allowing for grooves to form, in which the ink for the printing will sit. The longer it sits in acid, the more pronounced the line/value.

Acid bath. Dipping the plate in acid eats away at the exposed metal, allowing for grooves to form, in which the ink for the printing will sit. The longer it sits in acid, the more pronounced the line/value.

This is the first version of the etch, before aquatinting.

After applying aquatint, which is essentially melted granular plastic beads on the metal plate, which is a whole process in itself, I applied “stop-out” (a tar-like substance), over all the spots I wanted to remain white. Then I dipped it in acid for a few seconds, making everything that remained exposed a little bit darker. Then I covered everything that I wanted to remain that slightly darker color in more “stop-out”, dipped in acid, then repeated this process for each subsequent change in value, until I got to black, at which point most of the plate is covered in the stuff.

Cover the plate in ink…

Cover the plate in ink…

Wipe the ink off, which takes forever…

Print that bad boy on a big ol’ press.

Print that bad boy on a big ol’ press.

Upcoming Limited Edition Print Release - “Verdugo”

***SOLD OUT***

On Wednesday, May 8th at 10 am PST, Thinkspace Gallery here in LA will be releasing my newest limited edition giclee, “Verdugo”. Please visit shop.thinkspaceprojects.com for more info or to purchase.

“Verdugo”

  • Edition of 75

  • 22 x 18 inches (including a 1 inch boarder)

  • Fine art print on Juniper Baryta Rag 305gsm

  • Hand signed and numbered by me

  • $90


Group Exhibition at EVOKE Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“Scenic Overlook”

Opening March 29, 2019, 5 - 7 pm, through April 20th, 2019

Evoke Contemporary

550 South Guadalupe St.

Santa Fe, NM 87501

“The Divide”, oil on wood panel, 16 x 20 inches, 2019

“June”, Oil on canvas, 32 x 48 inches, 2018

“Kentucky Springs Canyon”, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2018

I’m very pleased to have the above paintings featured in the group show “Scenic Overlook”, opening this Friday. To see see the online catalogue of the exhibition, check it out HERE.

For more information or inquiries, please visit www.evokecontemporary.com.

Upcoming Limited Edition Print Release

On Friday, February 22nd at 10 am PST, Thinkspace Gallery here in LA will be releasing my newest limited edition giclee, “December”. Please visit shop.thinkspaceprojects.com for more info or to purchase.

“December”

“December”

  • Edtion of 50

  • 22 x 17 inches

  • fine art print on Juniper Baryta Rag 305 gsm

  • Hand signed and numbered

  • $75

New Painting for Pow!Wow! Hawai’i 2019

“Blue and Yellow”, oil on wood, 12 x 12 inches

“Blue and Yellow”, oil on wood, 12 x 12 inches

‘Exploring the New Contemporary Movement VI’
Sixth Annual Exhibition Curated by Thinkspace Projects

Taking place during POW! WOW! Hawaii 2019

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 9 from 6-10PM during the Honolulu Night Market

On view through February 16 at:
Wade Warehouse
449 Cooke Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
* Right around the corner from Lana Lane Studios

Full details on the mural festival at www.powwowhawaii.com



Seth Armstrong: Artist Talk at MOAH Lancaster

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Join me on Sunday, December 16, at 2:00pm for an artist talk at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA. I’ll be talking about my paintings, my dog, and other stuff. Learn what goes on inside that giant head.

Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH

665 W. Lancaster Blvd.

Lancaster, CA 93534