Double Iris by Gordon Louis Mortensen

Double Iris by Gordon Louis Mortensen

Double Iris

Gordon Louis Mortensen

Title

Double Iris

 
Artist
Year
2002  
Technique
color reduction woodcut, printed in 39 colors with 38 press runs. 
Image Size
26 x 19" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
42 of 100  
Annotations
titled, dated, editioned and copyrighted in pencil 
Reference
 
Paper
white wove Arches 88 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
GoMo108 
Price
$700.00 
Description

Gordon Mortensen commented on the process he uses: "Only one woodblock is used. On it an image is drawn in India ink. Before the first color is printed, any areas that are to remain unprinted (white or the color of the paper) are cut away from the surface of the block. Then an oil base ink is used to print the first color on all of the sheets of paper that are to be used for the edition and proofs.

After the first printing the block is again cut, removing any surface of the block that is to remain the first color in the finished print. After each subsequent color is printed, the block is cut, the process continues until the print is finished and most of the surface of the block is cut away."

Mortensen used thirty-nine colors and thirty-eight press runs to produce his large, 26 x 19 inch, floral image.