Sea Serpent by Stanley William Hayter

Sea Serpent by Stanley William Hayter

Sea Serpent

Stanley William Hayter

Title

Sea Serpent

 
Artist
Year
1976  
Technique
engraving, etching, soft-ground etching, printed in color 
Image Size
16 3/16 x 21" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
43 of 75  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
B&M 386 
Paper
white wove Rives BFK 
State
iii/iii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
KaAn101 
Price
$1,800.00 
Description

Stanley William Hayter continued to examine and experiment with different materials and methods, as with "Sea Serpent", done in 1976 at age 75.

As Hayter aged his colors got brighter and more electric, even fluorescent, and moved in crisscrossing, rhythmic movements. He utilized all the simultaneous printing methods that the printmakers at Atelier 17 had developed in the previous 30 years.

"Sea Serpent" is an impression from the third state of 3. The plate was printed in an edition of 75 by Hayter and Master Printer Hector Saunier. Hayter did color trial proofs and 5 artist's proofs for this edition.

For the first state Hayter engraved a copper plate and printed 2 proofs. The second state was engraved further, covered with a plastic sheet from which shapes were cut and the plate was deep bitten, 2 proofs were pulled. The third state was again covered with plastic and soft-ground was added with textures impressed into the ground.

The plate was then bitten and proved, 1 proof was pulled. The edition of 75 was begun by Hayter and his studio assistant, Hector Saunier, who printed numbers 1 through 31. In 1979 the remainder of the edition was printed, numbers 32 through 75.