Group show of portraits from the City of Burnaby’s Permanent Art Collection. July 6 – August 26, 2012

“The Gaze of History probes the conventions of portraiture and the exchange of the gaze through drawing, printmaking, photography and painting.”

Self-portrait, lithography, 1980, Malaspina, Vancouver BC, Canada


to anyone not familiar with the process of lithography on could say, it is a way to make multiples of the same image by using a stone. The artist draw on top of perfectly evenly flat stone and than thanks to a ‘magical’ procedure and intense physical labor, the drawing material can be replace by a printable one [ printing ink] allowing than to make duplicates…it is in a sense like  using a ‘copy machine’ with an unmatchable quality of image rendering. We could very well say that lithography is what Rolls Royce is to a mass produce car.

getting ready to start printing a lithography at l’ecole des Beaux-arts in Paris, 2012

one cannot invent the lithography  process, it has to be transmitted, usually from the older to the young…this recent document tend to prove it.

a short story – drawing on lithograph transfer paper, 1980

Even so most likely images are created by drawing on top of a stone in 1980 I experimented on transferring drawings done on paper onto  stones  — papers needed to be specially prepared. One of the obvious advantage is to be free to draw everywhere one wishes to, as it is far easier to carry a piece of paper than a lithograph stone! It is remarquable how the grain of stone ‘catches’ the drawing material in an very unique way. Still drawing onto the paper allows the create a greater variation of textures. I have a number of transfer-drawings on paper from this period waiting to be printed to morrow or in a hundred years…

? drawings, linoleum cuts, lithographies, photographs and texts copyright Raymond Verdaguer, 2012.

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