Sunfall

TITLE: Sunfall
ARTIST SIGNATURE: John Steins
DATE: 1979
MEDIUM: woodcut
EDITION SIZE: 10
IMAGE SIZE: 30.5 x 12 inches
PAPER SIZE: 32 x 16 inches
PAPER: Washi
OTHER MARKS: signed, titled and numbered in pencil

A woodcut I made after the first or second frigid winter in our little log cabin in the Yukon. Here the subject reaches towards the returning spring sun. A powerful statement to be sure, after emerging from long months of relative darkness. Shaking off the daylight deprivation like a bear’s first long stretch coming out of the den. With this print, I hoped to channel other artists I admired, such as Antonio Frasconi. The amazing Uruguayan – American printmaker of the sixties and seventies. My real art hero; my dad, had reservations about this design. It reminded him too much of Soviet-themed propaganda posters. I can definitely see what he meant.

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