Big D by Dennis Beall

Big D by Dennis Beall

Big D

Dennis Beall

Title

Big D

 
Artist
Year
1965  
Technique
color collagraph 
Image Size
23 1/2 x 17 1/2" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
5 of 12  
Annotations
titled, lc; dated, lr 
Reference
 
Paper
wove Rives 
State
published 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
DENB144 
Price
$450.00 
Description

Oklahoma born printmaker Dennis Beall moved from Abstract Expressionism to a more hard edge, formal design. He started using collagraphy and embossing, adding a political edge. In 1965 Beall began a series of works using the imagery of the shield as a symbol of federal and military power, a PopArt form that utelized basic color and three dimensionality.

Working partly toward a future show in Dallas, Texas and with a commission for a collograph from the C-Troup Gallery in Dallas, he created this image which was his reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This print was caused Beall's work to be removed from the exhibition in Dallas by the local authorities.

An exhibition catalog noted "The artist's fascination with the effects of embossing led to the desire to achieve even greater raised and relief effects.....the collagraph, where the design is carved more easily into a soft glue and sand mixture that is built up on the top of the plate. The plate is then inked and run through the press usiing regular intaglio proceedures.