Andromeda by Clayton E. Walker

Andromeda by Clayton E. Walker

Andromeda

Clayton E. Walker

Title

Andromeda

 
Artist
Year
1959  
Technique
glass relief print 
Image Size
10 1/8 x 9" image size 
Signature
pencil signed, lower right 
Edition Size
1 of 12  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
cream laid 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
PEME108 
Price
Price On Request 
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.

'Andromeda' is a spiral galaxy of some one trillion stars, about 2-1/2 million light years from Earth, and appears to Earth's residents near the constellation of 'Andromeda', which is named after the daughter of the Aethiopian king Cepheus and his wife Cassiopeia in Greek mythology.

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 woodcut was done during that period.