Jim Kempner Fine Art

Cakes and ‘Scapes: A Selection of Rare, Unique and Hand-Colored Prints

Wayne Thiebaud

'Cakes and 'Scapes: A Selection of Rare, Unique and Hand-Colored Prints'

March 6 - April 19, 2014

Known for rendering decadent and pristinely organized desserts, Wayne Thiebaud is a seminal artist in post-war American art, lying at the vanguard of Pop Art and modern realism. The exhibit is intended as a small-scale retrospective of Wayne Thiebaud’s prints, showcasing his trademark subject - American food- along with his images of San Francisco’s urban landscapes. Thiebaud was thoroughly interested in the beauty of print media, and the elements of chance, surprise, and continuity that existed in the practice. This exhibition showcases the editioned and hand-colored trial proofs that came out of his well-crafted investigations into various print practices. Print media was used as a platform for Thiebaud to explore the possibilities of transfiguration, and the idea that a work of art is never truly complete. In printmaking, a trial proof or artist proof allows the artist to explore different compositional decisions and color palette (known as a color trial proof). Thiebaud described this process by saying “It is the potential for change that captivates me. Trial proofs offer a chance to experiment with variations and permutations that can be transmitted to the next stage.” Applying a layer of watercolor or pastel over a print encourages a direct freshness and gives new life to the images. Thiebaud relishes the ability to rework an image and the struggle to find the point at which an image is truly resolved.

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Glassed Candy, 1965-1990.
Watercolor over hard ground etching.
Sheet: 15 x 11”. Image: 5 1/2 x 6 3/4”.

Exhibition Image, 2014.

Wayne Thiebaud