R.S. Beal 'Dialectical Tension' Aquatint/Softground (Etching) 8 by 5" 1973
R.S. Beal 'Epicurus' Aquatint/line etch and drypoint
5 by 7" 1998
- Epicurus was the great Greek philosopher who firmly believed that 'the path of least resistance' was the best, and that all life was a 'process' of pain and suffering. Epicurus, needless to say, was a complete idiot, as he failed to realize that there is no path of least resistance. -
ETCHINGS are printed in limited editions (IMP) and numbered with 5-10 artists proofs. Ink color and acid free etching paper, varies, depending on print, and inking ranges from Intense black, umber, sienna, etc.. Paper varies from Stonehenge, Rives, art laid, Arches, etc.. Ink color and paper printed on depends solely on the state of the plate/type of etching and the particular edition size.
A drypoint drawing, unlike etching proper, is cut directly into the plate with a diamond or steel needle, without the intervening use of an acid resist wax-ground and acid biting. ______________________________________
__________________________________________________ "Metamorphosis" Aquatint 4 by 3" 2000 - METAMORPHOSIS: to tansmute or change into a different form, a striking alteration in appearance, to go beyond or over; an abrupt change in form or structure -
'Anthropomorhic Tree' 8 by 12 1/2" Circa: 1977
Soft Ground and Aquatint
*Pure Aquatint; Powdered Rosin (wax) granules melted onto a zinc plate and worked with lithocrayons into a negative afterimage and etched in successive acid baths, often as many as twenty to thirty timed acid baths in succession.
R.S. Beal 'Van Gogh' Aquatint Etch 1975
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*IMP: 'Hand-printed by the artist' designated when signing the print.' Etchings ARE NOT photographic reproductions and they ARE NOT photo-reproductive Copies from the original print, as is so often the case. They are the 'Original Print', drawn, cut (etched) and printed (IMP) by the artist.
R.S. Beal 'Enigmatic Figures in Landscape' Etching (Line and Aquatint)
R.S. Beal 'Seminal Seed' (Detail only) Line etching/Eros
1984 Image Size: 16 by 10"
"Little Hiroshima" Etching 2010
Plate 2 'Chant's de Maldoror'
Visit ETCHING IIon this site for plates produced after 2008. Also offsite SURREALISM Oneirical and Classical link at: Etchings and Intaglio . A brief explanation of the Etching process' located at: www.beal-surrealism , link: 'Intaglio' allows samples of both academic and Surrealist aquatints and pure line etched portraits. Use browser backbutton to return to this site.
R.S. Beal 'Surrealist Figure of Port Lligatt' Line Etching 7 by 5" 2003
editors note: The top 'Intaglio' link at the TimeClocks 'homepage' site is broken. Refer to above links. Thankyou. The Artists 'etchings' have been compared to 'Rembrandts' etchings in the use of his line work.
R.S. Beal 'Comte de Lautreamont' (The Picture Makers) 6 1/2 by 4" 2002
Etchings, as we know them, have been around since Albrect Durer, Schongauer, Pollaiuolo and before. Any incised image (The pre-historic Caves of Lascaux), incised onto rock or metal (images on armor) are early examples. Rembrandt, Meryon and Goya are traditional modern masters of etching proper. A sheet of polished zinc or copper is coated with an acid resist wax ground. A needle is used to incise (create the drawing), through the wax, exposing the bare metal and then the exposed lines are 'etched' in an acid bath, generally nitric, which eats into the bare exposed lines creating the drawing on plate. The plate is then 'inked up' and ran thru a high pressure 'roller' press and printed onto paper.
HAND 'INKING' The PRINT
Hand inking the metal plate and wiping (removing surface ink) from the plate with a tarlatan (gesso coated cheese-cloth) and whiting (cleaning the plate with the palm of the hand) is considered an 'art' in and of itself. Often a slight 'plate tone' (surface ink) is left on the zinc plate creating a tone background on the bare plate, which is transfered to the paper. Or the finger or entire palm is covered with talc (whiting) and then brushed or rubbed on the plate, exposing clean 'highlights'. Every 'etcher' has his own personal methods for printing plates.
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