Roundup - Series III by Frederick O'Hara

Roundup - Series III by Frederick OHara

Roundup - Series III

Frederick O'Hara

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Title

Roundup - Series III

 
Artist
Year
1954  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
11 13/16 x 28 7/8" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right; carved into block, lower right 
Edition Size
27 of 30  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned, lower left 
Reference
Traugott lists a print titled "Roundup" on page 30, with roughly the same dimensions and no edition size. 
Paper
thin ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23920 
Price
$1,750.00 
Description

"Roundup-Series III" is not illustrated in Joseph Traugott's catalog "Stony Silence" analyzing the prints of Frederick O'Hara, but is perhaps listed in the checklist in the back.

O'Hara learned the color woodcut technique from Adja Yunkers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, probably in 1949. He then went on to study lithography with Elmer Schooley who taught it at Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM.

O'Hara's printmaking was always pushing the edges of imagery and technique, always experimental. In this print he has enhanced the woodgrain of the background block and printed the resulting grainy texture in a couple of passes using different colors. On top of this he has created a herd of longhorn cattle and a cowboy and horse using small blocks, printed in blacks and browns.

The overall composition could well be a response to the 1948 Stan Jones western song "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" the first two verses of which reads: An old cowboy went riding out / One dark and windy day / Upon a ridge he rested / As he went along his way / When all at once a mighty herd / Of red eyed cows he saw / Plowin' through the ragged skies / And up the cloudy draw

 

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