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looking back and ahead

December 31st, 2015

This is a work I am always happy to revisit. It pretty much lives in a drawer and recently emerged as part of a discussion for a commission of four new works. One thing leads to another! A happy thought as we leave 2015 behind and embark on the adventures of a brand new year. I think it is always a good idea to bring what is good with as we move forward. All good wishes to all for 2016.

Shift Variation, 2011  linocut & engraving with chine collè

Shift Variation, 2011 linocut & engraving with chine collè

Materials & techniques

November 3rd, 2015

I first used polymer clay plates in the late 1990s at the recommendation of Steven Ford. Steve and FordForlano use the clay to make colorful and highly esteemed jewelry. He had organized a conference where artists working in a wide range of media were invited to adapt polymer clay to their art making practice, including print making. I have learned a great deal from working with the material and love the sturdy lines I’ve printed from the plates. The lines are deeply engraved into wet (unbaked) clay. Once baked and cured, it is highly durable and I can continue to manipulate and rework the plates. I first exhibited works printed from polymer clay plates at Fleisher Art Memorial’s Challenge Exhibition in 2000. Here’s a work from 2001 with one plate printed in relief and the other intaglio with chine colle.

Ron Rumford Itinerary 2001 relief & intaglio with chine colle printed from polymer clay plates

Itinerary 2001 relief & intaglio with chine colle printed from polymer clay plates

Inspiration Mondrian

June 8th, 2014
Piet Mondrain, Lozenge  1919

Piet Mondrian, Lozenge 1919

A visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art put me in front of Piet Mondrian’s 1919 painting, Lozenge. I’ve admired it for a long time and took it as a starting point for a pair of watercolors. At the time my lonzenge works seemed maybe too simple. 15 years on simple looks pretty good. I’ve posted my blue version here. The other is closer to the great master’s colors and lives in a prominent spot in the home of my good friends, Tom & Nick.

Ron Rumford Blue Lozenge 1999, watercolor, graphite & crayon

Ron Rumford Blue Lozenge 1999, watercolor, graphite & crayon