Grodno (I), from Paper Reliefs
Stella and Master Printmaker, Ken Tyler of Tyler Graphics Ltd., collaborated with papermaking experts John and Kathleen Koller to make these ground-breaking reliefs. After the paper pulp was applied to the specific mould, Stella would work with the moulded paper reliefs whilst still wet to hand-colour the paper with dye, colour pulp and dry pigments. Once dry, he then hand-painted the geometric shapes within each of the 183 reliefs using acrylic, watercolour and metallic paints.
The present work 'Grodno (I)', along with the other five reliefs, was a breakthrough series for Frank Stella – it was the first insinuation of colour into paper and the achievement of relief in his prints.
Unique cotton-pulp relief with collage and hand-colouring, on white and coloured HMP handmade paper, 1975, signed and dated in pencil, from the edition of 26 uniquely hand-coloured reliefs (there were also 14 trial proofs), published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., New York, with their blindstamp, 64 x 54 cm. (25¼ x 21¼ in.)
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