Swan Engraving Circle I, State V
The present work was printed using both the methods of intaglio and relief printmaking and incorporated metal scraps and etched magnesium fragments that Stella found lying around in the Swan Engraving Company. Stella's incorporation of varying elements – fragmented shapes, lace patterns, letters and numerals – reminds us of early-20th century cubist collages.
Once the metal collages were assembled, ink was applied and printed; the relief elements of the plates created a raised, embossed effect in each print. Stella's style was lively and spontaneous, he never hesitated when assembling the plate nor in the printing process itself, often completing the entire process in a single day in 'one hit'.
Etching, relief and engraving in colours, 1983, on light mauve TGL handmade paper with their blindstamp lower centre, signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 5, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., New York, 132.1 cm. (52 in.) diameter
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