Expansion by Stanley William Hayter

Expansion by Stanley William Hayter

Expansion

Stanley William Hayter

Title

Expansion

 
Artist
Year
1970  
Technique
color etching and soft-ground etching 
Image Size
17 1/8 x 19 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
64 of 100  
Annotations
pencil titled, editioned and dated in lower margin. 
Reference
B/M 334, ii/ii 
Paper
antique-white B.F.K. Rives wove 
State
ii/ii, published 
Publisher
A.B. Lublin, New York 
Inventory ID
20628 
Price
$1,500.00 
Description

Stanley William Hayter continued to examine and experiment with different materials and methods, as with "Expansion", done in 1970 at age 69. Using the concept of an expanding vortex Hayter puts a universal question of growth into a visual possibility. His colors got brighter and more electric, even fluorescent and moved in crisscrossing, rhythmic movement. He utilized all the simultaneous printing methods that the printmakers at Atelier 17 had developed in the previous 30 years.

"Expansion" is the first of five prints published by A.B. Lublin, New York, in 1970. This image was created in the first state using a plate covered with a plastic sheet; the sheet was cut and soft-ground texture was added.

In the second state the plate was covered again and the sheet cut then etched with a deep bite and soft ground texture was added. The plate was printed intaglio with fluorescent orange and phthalo green and a transparent yellow with a soft roller. The artist was assisted in the printing by Hector Saunier.