Mussel Shells by Holly Downing

Mussel Shells by Holly Downing

Mussel Shells

Holly Downing

Title

Mussel Shells

 
Artist

Holly Downing

  1948 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1988  
Technique
mezzotint 
Image Size
8 7/8 x 11 3/4" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 30  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated and numbered 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Rives BFK 
State
 
Publisher
 
Inventory ID
HD184 
Price
$650.00 
Description
Mezzotint is a form of engraving, whose subtle qualities are achieved with tone rather than line. The artist spends many hours “rocking” a copper plate until the plate has thousands of tiny holes, each with a bit of raised burr that hold a tremendous amount of ink. A fully rocked plate prints a lush, velvety black, unparalleled in any other medium. To obtain an image, the artist scrapes the surface of the plate, variously lowering the levels of the burrs so they will hold less ink and thereby yield gradations of dark and light. Gradually an image emerges out of the darkness. The plate is inked by hand and printed on an etching press. http://www.hollydowning.com/