Black & White Linocuts by Dennis Revitsky
August 27 - October 25, 2015
Since Picasso created his editions of linocut prints in the mid-20th century, the medium has been elevated to a more acceptable position in the realm of the visual arts. The linoleum cut (linocut) belongs to the printmaking category called "relief", which refers to a print in which the image is cut out from a block of material (usually wood or soft linoleum), and printed by means of ink being applied to the uncut surface of the block. Paper is laid over the inked surface, and a print is made by applying pressure on the paper. A linocut is similar to a woodcut, except there is no wood-grain for the artist to use in making the print. Each print is considered an original work of art, not a poster nor reproduction.
Revitzky's linocuts are original hand-pulled prints, usually produced in small editions. They are made with oil-base inks on Rives lightweight paper, and printed by hand using a wooden spoon.
During the past decade, his printmaking has become similar in subject and style to his drawing and painting. In working with landscape, Revitzky is always aware of the beauty and essence of place, and with this body of work he wanted to depict the secretive, unique, and spiritual elements of that place.
Throughout his career, Revitzky has often depicted famous historical art within his work, to show an appreciation for the contributions of these artists of the past. He often injects a touch of humor in his images, and occasionally, his earlier interest with surrealism will manifest itself in the current work.