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Souvenir by William Wegman

Souvenir by William Wegman




Edition Size: 20; XLV

Sheet Size: 25 1/8 x 22 1/2 inches


Condition: Pristine

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Four-color lithograph with hand-lithographed postcard collé

Artist William Wegman is world famous for the anthropomorphic photographs, videos and films of his Weimeraner dogs, Man Ray, Fay Ray, Battina, Crooky, Chundo, and Chip. However, Wegman began his career as a painter and conceptual artist, facets of his work that are often overwhelmed by the popularity of the canine portraiture.

When in residence at Graphicstudio, Wegman visited an antiquarian bookseller in Tampa and purchased a number of vintage postcards of the area. Placing the postcards on good rag paper, and using their subject matter as a starting point, Wegman painted in watercolor around the postcards transforming them into fantasy landscapes. Graphicstudio faithfully reproduced the vintage post cards, and they have been collaged onto the lithographic renderings of the watercolors in the prints Shore Liner and Souvenir.


The Artist

William Wegman

William Wegman is an artist with an international reputation. A conspicuous feature of much of his paintings and photographs is his dog, Man Ray. Using his dog as the central component of his artworks has enabled Wegman to develop a unique artistic approach. After Man Ray died, Wegman took a break from making art, only to return to making images of a new dog, Man Ray’s successor, Fay Ray. Fay Ray went on to have several puppies, which also became a part of Wegman’s creative pieces. Often, his dogs were depicted as the characters in fairy tales with a contemporary twist. A photo book of these dog pictures was released to wide acclaim. Wegman’s work in film is a key part of his oeuvre, and his work in this medium has been presented at the Sundance Film Festival.

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