Amethyst, from the series Oxygems

1989
John Torreano (American, born in 1941), Publisher Solo Impression, Inc.


Catalogue Raisonné

Solo Impression stock no. 89.473D

Dimensions

Sheet: 74.8 x 91.5 cm (29 7/16 x 36 in.)

Accession Number

2008.8

Medium or Technique

Color woodcut with embossing

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The Torreano “Oxygem” series is full of ironies in its emphatic use of wood grain textures to depict polished, faceted gems. The artist used scissors to cut veneers of ash and mahogany which were them glued to plywood blocks. This allowed him to orient the grain in multiple directions. The matrix for the heavily embossed background grain was sandblasted plywood.
For others in the series, see 2008.5, 2008.6, 2008.7, 2008.9.

Inscription

Numbered, signed, and dated lower right in graphite pencil: A. P. 9 Torreano '90
Verso lower left in graphite pencil [publisher's numbering]: 89.473D

Markings

Lower left, chop of Solo Impression

Provenance

Gil Einstein (New York); to Robert and Barbara Wheaton (Concord, MA); their gift to MFA, December 12, 2007.

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Bradford and Barbara Ketcham Wheaton

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.