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

A temporary show on the first floor gallery of The Print Cente

August 7th, 2015

A nice surprise to be included in this exhibition at the Print Center, 1614 Latimer St, Philadelphia. It is on thru September 12, 2015. I hope you’ll stop in for a look.

Works by Ron Rumford in a temporary exhibition @The Print

Installation views, the Print Center


Two for Connecticut

July 9th, 2015

I am very pleased to be working with Amy Simon Fine Art in Westport, Connecticut. Amy Simon opened her handsome gallery in 2005 in the Sasco Mill, a 200 year old landmark building, furthering her distinguished career after positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and Marlborough Galleries. ASFA mixes mid-career and emerging American artists with Contemporary blue chip editions and Contemporary Asian artists. It is my good fortune to connect with Amy who has long represented two artists I’ve long admired, Steven Sorman and David Shapiro. Please visit Amy Simon Fine Art for a look a carefully selected group of my prints, including Intergrade and Orchard.

Ron Rumford,  Intergrade & Orchard, both engraving with chine colle

Intergrade & Orchard

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″

Cerulean Arts To Impress Upon noted in Metro Philadelphia

March 14th, 2015

Several friends informed me that they’d spotted Metro Philadelphia’s notice for our exhibition at Cerulean Arts. Gallery talk is March 15 at 2pm. The image illustrated is Dan Miller’s beautiful woodcut. It’s unfortunate that Metro listed it is as my work.

To Impress Upon, Metro Philadelphia

March, 9 2015

To Impress Upon @ Cerulean Arts

January 31st, 2015

I am very pleased to be a part of this exhibition of 5 print makers. The exhibition is on view March 4- 28, 2015. Opening reception is Friday March, 6, 5-8 and there will be an artists’ talk on Sunday, March 15 @ 2 pm. Five of works made over the past seven years were selected and I look forward to seeing them installed together. Cerulean Arts is located at 1355 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19123. Consider yourself invited.

To Impress Upon exhibition of works by five Contemporary print makers at Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia

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

A gathering of Philadelphia print makers

November 30th, 2014

This exhibition is a labor of love from Amze & Francine and very nicely done. Proud to be a part of it and showing with so many friends and respected artists. I’ll re-post an image. This one makes me want to do more work restricted to black and white.

Outstanding prints

If you haven’t been to the Cheltenham Center for the Arts recently, go now. Its ambitious “Visions in Prints,” curated by Amze Emmons and Francine K. Affourtit, gathers works by the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild and Invited Artists (a total of 35), among them Nancy Alter, Cindi Ettinger, Matt Neff, Alexis Nutini, Ron Rumford, Merle Spandorfer, Shelley Thorstensen, and Rochelle Toner.

Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd., Cheltenham, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 12 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 215-379-4660 or Through Dec. 13.

No Title (P)  engraving, linocut & collagraph with chine colle, 21 x 44"

No Title (P) engraving, linocut & collagraph with chine colle, 21 x 44″

Visions in Print at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

October 18th, 2014

I am very pleased to be a part of this exhibition at Cheltenham Art Center. It is an impressive group of over 30 artists and many of them are respected friends. The opening is 16 November, 2014 from 2-4. There will also be a discussion about community earlier at 1:30. Cheltenham Art Center is at 439 Ashbourne Road Cheltenham, PA 19012 215.379.4660.

It will be interesting to go back to Cheltenham. One of my earliest exhibition experiences was at Cheltenham circa 1985. I submitted a large oil on canvas to the annual juried exhibition and was awarded a prize.

Studio view, circa 2010

Studio view, circa 2010