April 2017 – Print of the Month

April 2017 – Print of the Month

Arrival

Arrival, monotype, 15 x 12 inches

Butterflies have always seemed to personify Nature’s gift of fleeting beauty. I’ve been at work on a series of monotypes which try to capture that evanescent moment at its peak.
I’ve been experimenting with combinations of oil paint and water and oil-based printer’s ink with various combinations still underway.

March 2017 – Print of the Month

March 2017 – Print of the Month

Steel Thistle Rising, 2002

Collagraph on rag paper, 20 x 13 inches

I’ve always felt a kinship to the bravery of growing things as they return to us each spring, against all odds. One day I thought emerging with protective armor might help it all along.  

Spring Rising at The Butler Institute of American Art

Spring Rising at The Butler Institute of American Art

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Featuring over 30 works by Morton Kaish, Spring Rising: Landscape Paintings & Prints will be on view at The Butler Institute of American Art from April 2 – July 9, 2017.

Exhibition Review: Landscapes Bloom at Butler-Trumbull

“Morton Kaish is an American original. His paintings are remarkable in their uniqueness, existing between dramatic abstraction and mainstream realism.”
— Louis A. Zona, Director, The Butler Institute of American Art

Spring Rising travels to New York City in October. On view October 2 – 27, 2017 at The National Arts Club.

For more information about the exhibition and catalog, please contact Sarah McCollum at sarah@kaishfamilyartproject.com.

 

Summer Garden, New York, 60 x 48 inches

Summer Garden, New York, 60 x 48 inches
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Summer Garden, New York, 60 x 48 inches

January 2017 – Print of the Month

January 2017 – Print of the Month

Fire & Ice on the Hudson II

2002

Monotype, oil on rag paper, 8 x 10 inches

Of recent years, the monotype has offered opportunity to make the kind of oil paintings on paper that I’d always wanted to. That is, to work swiftly or slowly, boldly or delicately, densely or thinly–and still to maintain the freshness and directness that comes only with a first vision.

I suppose it is because the “battle” (or dialogue) between artist and subject takes place on the surface of the plate (zinc, copper or plexiglass), running its inevitable course of conflict and change–second, third-and-after-thoughts. Paint it in. Paint it out. Scrape it, punch it. Kick it into that elusive shape/form/color. And then, by the simple, rational process of running it through an etching press (sometimes two, three, four times) take that image to the surface–receptive and responsive–of good rag paper and come away with the entire encounter and image fresh and whole and intact.

February 2017 – Print of the Month

February 2017 – Print of the Month

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Fierce Flower V

1980

Monotype, oil on rag paper, 6 ½ x 6 ½ inches

In Nature, the swift-sudden quality of a familiar image transformed by an unexpected encounter, in an unlikely moment or context–illuminated by a fleeting sense that winter may be past.

December 2016 – Print of the Month

December 2016 – Print of the Month

Dancing Thistles IV

1998

Collagraph on rag paper, 11 x 18 ½ inches

It is implicit in the human condition to be aware of the passage of time–the shimmering instant, the sense of loss–of moments which will never return.

And December arrives with its radiant promise, signals the moments which will return.

November 2016, Print of the Month

November 2016, Print of the Month

summers-end

“Summer’s End”

15-1/4 x 14”, Photogravure with aquatint and drypoint

Though the medium is intaglio, the beginnings come from the series of brush and ink ‘dune’ drawings I rejoice in doing each summer on Martha’s Vineyard. One finds there that confluence of sea and shore and sky, wildflowers, the change of tide and season – that speaks to us all of moments lost, though perhaps of better yet to come.
The sketch was photo-transferred to a copper plate providing a basic configuration and arena for several months of work, first with etching followed by aquatint and finally drypoint. The plate was then steel-faced for completion of the edition of 30 with 5 artist’s proofs.

October 2016 Print of the Month

October 2016 Print of the Month

“Seapath, Chilmark II”

7″ x 9″, Monotype on rag paper

There has always been something about that confluence of sea, sky and shore that both lulls and excites.  Though I suppose it may have begun with a long ago Cape Cod honeymoon, it surely emerged again during long, happy summer days with Jackie and Dan Schuman at their summer place in Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard.  Somehow, that sea, sky, shore combination always seemed more dramatic and compelling there than any others I’ve known.