Signpainter by Clay Walker

Signpainter by Clay Walker

Signpainter

Clay Walker

Title

Signpainter

 
Artist

Clay Walker

  1924 - 2008 (biography)
Year
1957  
Technique
color woodcut 
Image Size
9 15/16 x 7" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
7 of 15  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
fibrous cream laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
PEME103 
Price
$2,000.00 
Description

Clayton Walker's father was a professional sign painter in Kentucky and the artist, as a child, often used his father's brushes and house paint to create his own works on the side of a barn. This color woodcut pays an homage to those experiences, a riot of basic colors applied vertically to the surface. Though the composition appears to be gestural, each color requires the cutting and printing of a separate block.

While studying at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1955 Walker met and began a long friendship with Picasso. He returned to the US to Texas, taking a job as art director at the San Antonio Institute of Art until 1963. This work was done during that period.