Untitled abstraction by Hans Burkhardt

Untitled abstraction by Hans Burkhardt

Untitled abstraction

Hans Burkhardt

Title

Untitled abstraction

 
Artist
Year
1983  
Technique
linocut with a touch of hand coloring 
Image Size
15 3/8 x 20 1/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated 
Annotations
pencil dated and annotated: "To my friend Edward in (peace symbol) and love, your Hans" 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Arches France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
17656 
Price
$800.00 
Description

Hans Gustav Burkhardt did a series of intricate abstract linocuts in 1983. These works were all experimental and rarely editioned, and varied in composition and color from impression to impression. Burhardt's interest was more in the process than in the potential saleability of the impression.

Burkhardt would start cutting a random design into the linoleum block. He would then use caustics to eat away the surface of the block, painting it on with a brush. He would also use glue and other materials on the surface, like a collagraph. The end product resulted in a painterly impression that seems spontaneous and gestural.

As a result of this "spontaneity", these works are sometimes mistaken for lithographs. However, Burkhardt did very few lithographs. When questioned by Tamarind founder June Wayne about how he did these he supposedly told her that, like her advice to young printmakers, he "breaks all the rules."