Jane Deering Gallery
GEOFFREY BAYLISS | Prints, Drawings : rhythmic and lyrical
August 11 - September 11 . 2016
Jane Deering Gallery . 19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA
Thursday - Sunday 12noon - 5pm

Bayliss is known for the sensitivity and sophistication of his ink drawings and viscosity monotypes, in which every mark is candid and purposeful, avoiding excess. In recent years, the artist has turned his attention to the linocut method of printmaking. The intensity and purity of line that has characterized his previous work is transformed under the imperatives of making the carved line, opening a new field of exploration and complexity. The gallery is pleased to present a portfolio of unique linocut prints, some of which also incorporate monotype processes. A selection of his lyrical ink drawings will be included.

Geoffrey C. Bayliss earned a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He has studied with artists Celia Eldridge, Coco Berkman and Charlotte Roberts, and American sculptor John Bozarth with whom he has also collaborated. Bayliss’ work has been included in numerous group shows; his work is held in private collections in the US. Bayliss lives and maintains a studio on Cape Ann in Gloucester, Massachusetts. This is the artist’s second solo show with Jane Deering Gallery.

The Linocut Print
Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of the woodcut, in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the plate on which to carve. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper. The linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905–13 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing.

The Viscosity Monotype Print
The difference between monotypes and monoprints frequently baffles art buyers. A monoprint is one of a series—therefore, not wholly unique. A monotype is one of a kind, a unique piece of artwork. Monotypes are inherently unique because only one or two impressions may be pulled before the ink is used up. Although there may be a second impression, it is quite different from the first in that most of the ink was lifted from the plate in its first pass through the press. The second impression, called a ghost or cognate, is much lighter or thinner and is more of a suggestion of the first. Each pulled impression may be considered a finished work or it may be further enhanced by the application of additional drawing or color. The viscosity monotype is a monotype made with two or more inks with different viscosities, thick and thin, which resist one another when rolled on to the plate.

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