Sea Wall by Edmond Casarella

Sea Wall by Edmond Casarella

Sea Wall

Edmond Casarella

Title

Sea Wall

 
Artist
Year
1959  
Technique
color paper relief print 
Image Size
16 5/8 x 28 1/2" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
3/18 variant impressions 
Annotations
titled, lower center; dated after signature 
Reference
 
Paper
soft cream wove 
State
pulbished 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
NC233 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Edmond Casarella was an early practitioner of the Paper Relief print, like this. Using chipboard and illustration board he built up the surface of a plate, which was printed by hand. A description of this technique can be found on page 154 of "The Stamp of Impulse - Abstract Expressionist Prints" by David Acton, Worcester Museum, 2001.

A printmaker, painter, and sculptor, Edmond Casarella was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 3, 1920. After studying at Cooper Union in New York, Casarella was hired by Antony Velonis to print serigraphs at Creative Printmakers under the National Youth Administration. His stint in the military was followed with studies at the School of the Brooklyn Museum under the GI Bill between 1949 and 1951.

With his printmaking background, it was natural for him to be drawn to the printmaking courses taught by Gabor Peterdi, Louis Schanker and Vincent Longo. Casarella made his first paper relief print about 1949 and he continued to experiment with this medium throughout his printmaking career.

"Sea Wall" is less linear than many of the artist's gestural prints, in this dense composition he used layered, organic shapes, evoking a three-dimensional wall, a bas relief shaped by the elements.