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Sherborn Woods by Gordon Louis Mortensen

Sherborn Woods by Gordon Louis Mortensen

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Color Woodcut


Edition Size: 35/130

Image Size: 22 x 29-7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 24-1/4 x 32-1/2 inches


Condition: Pristine

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“Sherborn Woods” is a color reduction woodcut, by American printmaker Gordon Louis Mortensen, done in 1989. The image measures 22 x 29-7/8″. This impression is pencil signed, titled, dated, editioned “35/130″, and copyrighted by the artist in the lower margin. It was printed by the artist in 28 colors using 27 press runs on ivory Rives Heavyweight wove paper that measures 24-1/4 x 32-1/2”: https://www.annexgalleries.com/inventory/detail/23377/Gordon-Louis-Mortensen/Sherborn-Woods.
This color reduction woodcut by American printmaker Gordon Louis Mortensen is available from the gallery for $700.00.
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A vivid autumnal scene in the woods of Sherborn, Massachusetts. Gordon Mortensen commented on the reduction process he uses:
“Only one woodblock is used. On it an image is drawn in India ink. Before the first color is printed, any areas that are to remain unprinted (white or the color of the paper) are cut away from the surface of the block. Then an oil-based ink is used to print the first color on all of the sheets of paper that are to be used for the edition and proofs.
After the first printing, the block is again cut, removing any surface of the black that is to remain of the first color in the finished print. After each subsequent color is printed, the block is cut again, the process continues until the print is finished, and most of the surface of the block is cut away.”
For “Sherborn Woods,” Mortensen used twenty-eight colors with twenty-seven separate press runs. In order to print the full edition, the artist carved the blocks and printed the impressions 3,640 times.



The Artist

Gordon Louis Mortensen

Born near Arnegard, North Dakota on April 27, 1938, Gordon Mortensen received his BFA degree with Honors in 1964 from the Minneapolis School of Art (now the Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and he was enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul between 1969 and 1972.

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