Take Five

500.00 - 650.00

Hand-engraved black or color linocut
● Paper size: 20" x 20" / 50 cm x 50 cm
● Image size: 16.5" x 16.5" / 42 x 42 cm
● Paper: off-white Hannemühle 300g
● Ink: Charbonnel black
● Black and white version: Edition of 20 prints, signed and numbered, hand-printed on a press
● Color version: Edition of 15 prints, signed and numbered, hand-printed on a press, hand-painted in oils and watercolor

This linocut celebrates the French architect and designer Pierre Chareau and the American jazz composer and musician Dave Brubeck. The setting is Pierre Chareau's avant-garde "maison de verre" built in Paris 1928-1932, with furniture designed by the architect uniquely for this house of glass.

The title of this work has been borrowed from Dave Brubeck's jazzy "Take Five" recorded in 1959. The piece is famous for its destabilizing off-beat rhythm in 5/4 time, giving it a rare, syncopated beat. The title itself can mean "take a 5 minute break", or "the fifth take in recording or filming". You can also take 5 people and put them in a room and give them some cool jazz music to listen to!

To make my art prints, my original sketch is transfered onto a block of lino which I cut out with special gouges. I hand pull my art prints on a press, one at a time.

Each linocut is a unique and original piece of art. Slight differences in each print are inherent in the process.

The black and white edition is limited to 20 prints, the hand-painted edition limited to 15 prints. After pulling the print on my press, I hand paint in oils and watercolor, making each print a unique and original piece of art.

The print is sold unmounted and unframed but is shown here in a standard 60 cm x 60 cm frame.

Ships from France in a heavy-duty cardboard art tube using a tracked postal service.

Copyright remains with the artist.

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