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Coast Watcher at the Ballinglen Gallery

July 4th, 2017

Very pleased with the installation and response to my exhibition in the gallery at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
Coast Watcher was dedicated to the memory of Peter Maxwell, founder of Dolan/Maxwell and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Peter was a great colleague, mentor, friend/family and he is the Coast Watcher, happiest in Ballycastle (Ireland) in the cottage he designed with typical brilliance, and spending evenings looking North at the Atlantic from the glass porch. Peter believed in doing right, with proper attention and focus. I’m a better person and so fortunate to have been guided by him for so long. Rest in peace, Peter.

Coast Watcher exhibition in the Ballinglen Gallery, New unique prints by Ron Rumford

Coast Watcher exhibition installed in the Ballinglen Gallery

Coast Watcher– a exhibition of new and recent works in Ireland

May 12th, 2017

I am very pleased to announce 2 exhibitions for 2017.

First is a solo exhibition, Coast Watcher at the Ballinglen Gallery, Ballinglen Arts Foundation. The works in this exhibition have developed from residencies at Ballinglen in 2013, 2015 & 2016. I am pleased to have this opportunity to show the progression of works made over a four year period.

I am also deeply honored to be part of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. The success of the Foundation is tribute to the vision hatched in 1992 by Margo Dolan and Peter Maxwell for a fellowship residency program that hosts international artists and their families in the remote and warm-welcoming community of Ballycastle on the extraordinary coast of North County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.  Coast Watcher is dedicated to the memory of Peter Maxwell.

The second exhibition is being planned for November and much nearer to home.
More about that soon.

Blue Traffic 2017 drypoint & collagraph with chine collé, 30 x 22" by Ron Rumford

Blue Traffic 2017 drypoint & collagraph with chine collé, 30 x 22″

proofing & process #2

October 2nd, 2016

Just over a year ago I posted an image of a group of printed sheets showing how I approached making a proposal for the Print Club of Cleveland. My prints come together slowly and the process of deciding a presentation print happens slowly, too. My proposal was accepted and the work of printing the edition has begun.
First and second layers are underway. One printed from a collagraph plate, which in this case is acrylic medium poured onto a sheet of plexiglass. Ink (ochre) is rolled onto the surface and transferred onto kitakata as it rolls through a printing press. The second layer (blue) is a carved linoleum block–ink is rolled onto the surface and the paper printed under pressure as it rolls through the press. Here’s an image of the work now in production. Two sheets at each stage, aiming for consistency. Two more layers to go.

Ron Rumford print for Print Club of Cleveland: First and second state proofs; two more layers to go

First and second state proofs; two more layers to go

Back to Ballinglen

June 3rd, 2016

a tree grows in Ballycastle Co Mayo IrelandNext adventure is a working trip to Ireland at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Ballycastle, Co Mayo is a wild and remote part of the world. It’s a great place to shut off the noise of the world and refocus on making. Works for my 2014 exhibition, Origin & Return came together at Ballinglen. My plan is to push those beginnings futher. Simplicity and complexity are words that come to mind.

New Prints @ Allens Lane

March 31st, 2016

New Prints @ Allens Lane includes recent works by Matthew Colaizzo and me. The exhibition opens April 1 and ends April 29.
There is a cocktail/fundraiser reception on April 16 from 7-9 pm for a $25 donation at
Gallery hours areMonday thru Friday 10-5 or by appointment. Allens Lane Art Center is at Allens Lane & McCallum Streets, 19119
I hope you will see it.

Ron Rumford, Untitled 2015, drypoint with chine colle

Untitled 2015, drypoint with chine colle

proofing & process

September 13th, 2015

I was invited to submit a proposal for a print commission. I am honored to be asked spent quite a lot of time thinking of how to begin. 3 or 4 new ideas occurred to me and I began drawing both on paper and my trusty Ipad to make visual notes. Thinking on earlier works I’ve editioned, I was reminded that I usually end up feeling like the plates and linoleum blocks have just begun to reveal their potential. I therefore began with revisiting earlier works, playfully reversing the printing sequence, color choices and later adding another layer with another block. With this play/process I make variations which are pinned up and looked at both carefully and casually. After a while I feel I’m seeing what is working and what is not and can make decisions what next moves need to be made. I’m adding a photo of prints built this way showing how I began making my proposal print.

Ron_Rumford-proofing variations, engraving & linocut

painting on paper

May 20th, 2015

I’m overdue for adding a post here. My next exhibition opportunities are at the planning stage and rather than wait I’m adding an image of a watercolor that has not been seen by many. It was part of a group I made in preparation for Origin & Return and is a cousin to Converge on the main Portfolio page of this site. I painted over two sheets of paper, adding to the theme of twos while allowing for greater portability. While color is typically the building method in my work, reducing my options to black, white and gray is always a welcome challenge and a successful resolution satisfies in a whole other way.

Ron Rumford BlackWhite 2014, watercolor & crayon

BlackWhite 2014, watercolor & crayon

News of the Print World

March 14th, 2015

Welcome news this week is the inclusion of one of my new works in Art in Print magazine’s, News of the Print World. Art in Print surveys recent print publications and I am honored to be among the artists whose works have been chosen for the March -April issue.

Ron Rumford Untitled #O1029A, 2014, linocut with chine colle,18 x 66"

Untitled #O1029A, 18 x 66″

A Sampler and a look back at a busy year

December 15th, 2014

While the portfolio page of this site is work from the past 24 months I like the idea of occasionally adding an earlier work. Samplers is a series of unique monoprints that I began in the mid-1990s. I continued to work with the idea, making new plates and pushing color and pattern combinations into 2007. The process continually evolved and I’ve posted here one of the very last ones I made. Surprising myself is a big part of what motivates me to work. This particular Sampler surprised again me when I found it in a drawer. It speaks of how far I’ve come with my work and leaves me anticipating what lies ahead.

Happy 2015.

Ron Rumford Sampler, carborundum collagraph with chine colle, sheet: 22 x 30"

Sampler, carborundum collagraph with chine colle

Origin & Return @ Aughinbaugh Gallery, Messiah College

September 1st, 2014
Black/White 2014, drypoint, collagraph & relief with chine colle

Black/White 2014, drypoint, collagraph & relief with chine colle

The works in this exhibition took shape during a residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, Ireland, which marked my 50th birthday. .

I’ve titled this exhibition of new prints Origin & Return in honor of New York artist David Shapiro (1944-2014).  

The exhibition opens 12 September and is on view through 8 October 2014.