John Himmelfarb

John Himmelfarb, “Uzzle”, 2001, Color Intaglio on Bluff Rives Paper, 20 x 23 ¾ Inches, Edition of 25

The Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb, for n in Chicago in 1946, is a master printmaker, working frequently and simultaneously with lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, and the computer. A distinctive calligraphic quality unites this work, and as John Brunetti has observed, it reflects his belief that drawing is “an extension of handwriting, closest to recording the immediacy of the artist’s observations and states of mind; a fusion of verbal and visual language.”

Uzzle possesses the dense field of symbols and signs culled from Neolithic pictographs, Asian and Arabic alphabets and global religious symbols typically found in his prints. On February 16, 2001, the artist oversaw the printing by Gary Day using a plywood plate for the brown areas and zinc plates for the remaining colors. He was assisted by Julie Sopscak and Melissa Corwin.

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