Symbol Systems by Arthur Thrall

Symbol Systems by Arthur Thrall

Symbol Systems

Arthur Thrall

Title

Symbol Systems

 
Artist

Arthur Thrall

  1926 - 2015 (biography)
Year
1981  
Technique
mixed technique intaglio on irregular plate, printed in colors 
Image Size
23 13/16 x 13 7/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
artist's proof, edition not stated. 
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
cream Arches France wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
WITH107 
Price
$500.00 
Description

This color intaglio was done after Thrall had met Jack Thompson, an independent music engraver and typesetter employed by the largest classical music publisher of the time, Boosey and Hawkes in London. Thompson and Thrall became good friends and exchanged work - a music-themed print by Thrall for a collection from Thompson of German music-note punches and technical engraving plates.

"Symbol Systems" is an experimental collaborative work by Thrall, utelizing intaglio techniques he had learned from Atelier 17 founder S.W. Hayter while at a summer workshop at Ohio State University.

Thrall uses a irregularly shaped plate and Thompson's music plates and a technical plate, along with engraving, soft-ground and aquatint, printed with a brown ink. The graphs in the upper left are printed with a red ink.