"Gates of Rochefort"
Mezzotints by James Groleau
A showing of powerful mezzotints by San Francisco artist James Groleau will be highlighted at an Amador 1st Saturday Art trek reception on August 4th from 4 - 7pm at the Hanford St. Gallery in Sutter Creek.
The eleven images that make up the body of work titled "Gates of Rochefort" are not editioned prints, but one-of-a-kind pieces. Depictions of various French architectural elements were first rendered in mezzotint, then cut up and sewn together to form two-dimensional structures. The structures were then hand-stitched onto property deeds from Rochefort, France. Materials include mezzotint, thread, glue, charcoal and antique deeds dating to 1836.
The exhibit will also include some of Groleau's darker, psychological works from two additional series of works. The"Absence of Passion" is a suite of fifteen mezzotint portraits reflecting the trauma of warfare. "Blood Bone Elegy" is a suite of eighteen color mezzotints depicting the outbreak of war. Images were achieved through the use of white and black inks printed on orange hand-made paper, the color paper serving as the median tones. His popular Salt Granite Spruce landscape series will remain available for viewing as well.
Groleau taught himself the difficult mezzotint printmaking technique and has become a modern master at it. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2001. His work is included in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Oakland Museum of California; National Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium; and the Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA. He divides his time between San Francisco and coastal Maine.
The show will run from August 2nd through August 26. Hanford St. Gallery is located at 291 Hanford St., Old Hwy 49 (next to the Days Inn), in Sutter Creek, Ca and is open Thu/Fri/Sat 10 - 5 and Sunday 11 -4:30. For more information call 209-267-8074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.