Still Life with Hearts and Flowers by KC (Kacey) Joyce

Still Life with Hearts and Flowers by KC (Kacey) Joyce

Still Life with Hearts and Flowers

KC (Kacey) Joyce

Title

Still Life with Hearts and Flowers

 
Artist
Year
1982  
Technique
color reduction linocut 
Image Size
22 x 17 1/8" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
9 of 15  
Annotations
titled and dated in pencil 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
GMC406 
Price
$1,000.00 
Description

KC Joyce learned and later taught the printmaking method of the color reduction linocut. Brought to the attention of the artworld originally by Pablo Picasso in 1959 when he was 77 years old.

The reduction process, which is printed relief, is sometimes called a "suicide print" and involves a single matrix, in this case a linoleum block. The separate colors are printed from the same block at different stages. Usually, the lightest color of the design is printed first, then the block is "reduced" by carving to the areas which the artist wants to print the second color from, and so forth. Gradually, the matrix has less printable surface.

The disadvantage of reduction printing as opposed to printing from multiple blocks is that once the first color is printed, the matrix for it is destroyed in the creation of the printing matrix for the second color. It is impossible to undo mistakes.