Wolf Kahn: Selected Monotypes

Wolf Kahn: Selected Monotypes

Samstag, 5. November 2011Samstag, 10. Dezember 2011


West Hartford, CT USA

Brick Walk Fine Art is pleased to announce our next exhibition featuring selected monotypes by acclaimed artist Wolf Kahn. In a talk given in 2010 at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, Kahn observed that "after a while I decided that monotypes are really my best medium of all...better than my pastels and better than my oil paintings...it's because they allow such a variety of textures-you can go from the lightest wash to the heaviest kind of dense...on the same plate and it all shows up." A monotype is, in printmaking, a technique that generally yields only one good impression from each prepared plate. They are made by drawing (without a preconceived matrix or outline) on glass or a plate of smooth metal or stone with a greasy substance such as printer’s ink or oil paint. Then the drawing is pressed by hand onto a sheet of absorbent paper or is printed on an etching press. The pigment remaining on the plate is usually insufficient to make another print unless the original design is reinforced. Further, any subsequent prints will invariably differ from the first one, so each finished print is wholly original, single and unique unlike prints produced from other processes such as lithographs, etchings, or serigraphs. Kahn favors working with water soluble crayon, a technique introduced to him by master printer Lisa Mackie. Wolf Kahn is regarded as one of America’s most prominent and influential landscape painters. An intense involvement with light and color dominate his work, and redefines the world of nature. Kahn’s paintings, pastels and monotypes offer a successful resolution of the language of abstraction together with the perception of landscape. They are the contemporary manifestation of a long tradition of American painting that runs from George Inness to Milton Avery. Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927 and emigrated to the United States in 1940. He studied painting at the famous Hans Hofmann school in New York and Provincetown, MA. His works are represented in prestigious public and private collections and he has been the subject of numerous monographs.