Translating Bill's sculptural ideas into print is always a challenging feat; with Crest, he wanted to reference both the angularity of his recent metal work and his passion for color.Thompson provided master printer James Stroud with a shaped template that was traced onto a copper plate and then cut by hand with a jig saw. The edges were further refined by the artist. An aquatint was applied to the surface and etched to 100%. The finished plate was first inked with an ultramarine blue ink and wiped, followed by a surface roll in one pass with a semi transparent cerulean blue. The luminous color and subtle gradation from the perimeter to the center evoke the volume of Thompson’s wall sculptures.
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