When celebrated American luminist painter Stephen Hannock was a student at at Bowdoin and Smith Colleges, in the early 1970's he caught the eye of sculptor and printmaker Leonard Baskin with whom he apprenticed for several years creating anatomical drawings, woodcuts, sculptures and paintings. He refers to his apprenticeship with Baskin as "the ultimate art school" after which he settled into an abandoned factory in Northampton, Massachusetts and began his life as a working and, sometimes struggling, artist.
This year Hannock returns to the form he studied with Baskin creating his first limited edition opus for Two Ponds Press, a collection of woodcuts inspired by the lyrics of his good friend and long-time collaborator, Sting. The plates which center on the dying shipbuilding industry in Sting's hometown, Newcastle, follow a theme that has informed Sting and Hannock's work for the last several years.
Edition of 85 (25 of which are deluxe copies with two extra block prints and an original drawing)
Dimensions: 19 1/2" x 16 1/2"
THE LAST SHIP
Spring / 2016