Original etchings with aquatint. Nos. 15/100, signed by the artist. Image size: 56.5cm x 41cm & 56cm x 41.5cm. Sheet sizes: 75cm x 57cm.
Heliconias and Hummingbirds in the Eastern Caribbean:
The drawings and research for these two copper etchings were sourced during a trip to the rainforest of the Caribbean Island of Dominica. The printer's plates were made in the artist's studio in Hackney, London and the prints were editioned by the artist and Colin Gale at Artichoke Print Workshop, Brixton, London.
The etching process used by Bryan Poole:
The etching process dates from the 16th century, and no photographic aids are used. The artist draws through a resin resist (which is impervious to acid) on to a copper plate with an etching needle. The plate is then immersed in ferric chloride acid so that it is etched along the needle lines. This etched linear drawing provides the foundation for all plates. The five other stages in the making of the plate involve aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, soft ground, oil of spike lavender and sugar lift, in varying degrees. Final highlights are then achieved by burnishing back into the surface of the plate exposing the linear structure of the image. The plates are then inked in six to seven colours and hand printed on to acid-free paper in an intaglio press. Hand-colouring in water colour is completed once the prints are dry.
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