Flourishes

Playing with pattern and ornamentation at it’s most decorative. The main character is an 18th Century acanthus leaf element that is dissected, splayed open, distorted, simplified and obscured: by other patterns, by contemporary colors, and by shifts in registrations. The distortion is crucial because it adds complexity and contemporarily. The different context of this ornament adds insight not only into the past but also provides current meaning to the form.

This series draws from my travels to the east not so much in imagery but through colors and the prevalence of pattern found often in the most unlikely places. Each unique work is relief printed from hand carved plates with numerous inkings and runs through the press.

Flourish I, relief print, 47”h x 42”w, 2008
Flourish I
Flourish II, relief print, 44”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish II
Flourish III, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish III
Flourish IV, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish IV
Flourish V, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish V
Flourish VI, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish VI
Punctuation, relief print, 44”h x 30”w, 2008
Punctuation
Flourish VIII, relief and screen print, 40”h x 30”w, 2008
Flourish VII
Flourish X, relief and screen print, 40”h x 30”w, 2011
Flourish X
Flourish XI, relief print and screen print, 40”h x 30”w, 2011
Flourish XI
Flourish XII, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2011
Flourish XII
Flourish XV, relief print, 40”h x 30”w, 2012
Flourish XV