Luster of the Line – Silverpoint Exhibition

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In my last post, I mentioned a silverpoint show coming up in February. I will be exhibiting my pieces, Flowers of Wisdom and Ptah. The gallery press release is below my images.

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The Luster of the Line: Drawings in Metalpoint
February 26 – March 25, 2016
Opeing Reception: Friday February 26, 6-9pm
The Clement Art Gallery
201 Broadway
Troy, NY 12180
http://www.clementart.com
518.272.6811
Curator: Jon Gernon
In the late Gothic/early Renaissance era, silverpoint emerged as a fine line drawing technique. Not blunting as easily as lead or tin, and rendering precise detail, silverpoint was especially favored in Florentine and Flemish workshops. Silverpoint drawings of this era include model books and preparatory sheets for paintings. Artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael.

Silverpoint drawings have been described as elegant, delicate, and precise. They display the “hand of the artist” more than perhaps any other medium, and are more completely archival than any other; drawings from the late Medieval period through the Renaissance have survived to the present without damage due to the inertness and permanence of the materials.

A silverpoint drawing is made by dragging a silver rod or wire across a surface, often prepared with gesso or primer. Silverpoint is one of several types of metalpoint used by scribes, craftsmen and artists since ancient times. The softness of these metals made them effective drawing instruments.

The initial marks of silverpoint appear grey as other metalpoints, but silverpoint lines, when exposed to air, tarnish to a warm brown tone. The oxidation becomes perceptible over a period of several months. The speed of oxidation varies according to the level of pollution in the air. Historically, silverpoint styli ranged widely in composition from pure silver to heavily alloyed with copper.

This exhibition will show a variety of ideas and applications of this historical medium. Each of the artists in this show bring traditional and modern images together exploiting the beauty of the surface and the delicacy of lines.

Exhibting artists:
Jeannine Cook, Jon Gernon, Barbara Henning-Loomis, Eileen Kennedy, Richard Kirk,
Elaine Langerman, Tom Mazzullo, Banjie Getsinger-Nicholas, Kandy Phillips, Diane Savino

Approaching Exhibitions

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Detail of The Dawn Botanist, Tears of the Poppy

I am involved in 2 shows coming up very soon. The first is called Permanence, a group show at Haven Gallery, themed around works primarily executed in ink. The Dawn Botanist, which I delivered to the framer last week, will be my contribution. It looks like it will be an amazing show. The second show is a silverpoint show, and I’ll share details when the gallery has announced, which should be quite soon. Beyond January, I have 3 more shows planned at this time.

I spent some time today going through my print inventory and reconciling it with my webstore. Some of the older prints are down to single digits, and when they are gone they are gone. I will be moving on to new images for future print offerings. Amnesiac’s Library (see previous post) is currently with my print-maker. In addition to prints I have added 3 original drawings at sale prices.

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Finally, if you get get a chance, please check out The Weird Fiction Review site. Over the next few weeks they are serializing my short novel The Lost Machine. Chapter 1 was posted last Wednesday, along with an interview. The usual apologies to FB friends that have already heard this news.

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Amnesiac’s Library Prints

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I am happy to announce that I will be releasing a new print in early 2016. The image is called Amnesiac’s Library. It will be printed by LUNA 7 on 17″ x 11″ 285 gsm Hahnemuhle Torchon paper.

The first 25 prints will be signed, and accompanied by a small sketch on a blank card. This card can be personalized. The cost of the print will be $40.00 US + shipping.

The print will be available through my online shop. Stay tuned for an announcement on when the print will be available for order. If you wish to be personally notified, please message me and I will add your name to my list.

In addition to creating prints for me, LUNA7 has created high quality prints for many other artists including Clive Barker, Menton3, Tom Taggart, Dominic Harman, Don Bertram and Ted McKeever.

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Amnesiac’s Library

Ptah, Lord of Eternity

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I’ve been working on silverpoint for the past few days. Today I thought I would share a new piece called Ptah, Lord of Eternity. It’s the second in a cycle of images that started with Flowers of Wisdom (see my previous post).

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Ptah, Lord of Eternity, 2016, silverpoint, 9″ x 6″

Lurker on the Threshold

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So, here we are, two feet in 2016. 2015 wasn’t too bad art-wise. I set out to do most of what I intended. A couple things are up in the air and I had to back out of one thing because of, you know, life, but over all, yeah. A lot of new art was made and I feel like I grew creatively. What more can one ask? I have a lot in mind for 2016.

These are some details of a new silverpoint drawing called The Flowers of Wisdom.  Apologies to FB (where this blog is mirrored) folk who have already seen this. Hopefully these images will give you a better sense of the drawing.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Flowers of Wisdom, 2016, silverpoint, 9" x 6"

Flowers of Wisdom, 2016, silverpoint, 9″ x 6″

 

Oneiric Natural History

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Detail from Bellman . 2009 . Ink on Paper

One of the joys of the year coming to a close is thinking about what  will come in the next year. This is a time when I make a lot of lists; possible names of new drawings, ideas for images, books I want to read and things to research. Right now I am thinking of a series of drawings that could be a book, or an exhibition or both. Time will tell. It’s going to be called Oneiric Natural History.

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2015 Price-List

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Nightmare’s Diversion

I have produced a PDF price-list of selected unframed works created in 2015. These are works that I was compelled to create, not for formal exhibition or specific projects but simply for the sheer joy/ challenge of doing so. If you check my blog or FB page every now and then, some of the images may be familiar to you. If you are interested in seeing the price-list, please contact me: Richard A. Kirk, and I will send it to you. Works are offered on a first come, first served basis. Serious enquiries only please.

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Dawn Botanist – detail

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The Dawn Botanist, Tears of the Poppy – detail

This is a detail of the piece I am working at on this cold, cloudy November day. It’s a small figure but it took 3 hours to ink. The reason being that the brush I was using is superfine, and though the godless jpeg compression would not have you believe it, the gradations are quite subtle. I hope you enjoy this little peek. This morning’s musical selection in the studio was Foals. A really excellent band I was completely unaware of before 9 AM.

Also, a friendly reminder that the Bestowed Upon Us show opens tonight at the Alexi Era Gallery. If you are in the area, please go and check it out. I’ve seen the preview and it is a gorgeous show. Thanks for your support.

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