Gordon Mortensen

Artwork

Bearded Iris (44/70)

Gordon Mortensen

Bearded Iris (44/70)

wood cut reduction

31.50 x 42.50 in

$850.00

Lake Winnipeg 81/100

Gordon Mortensen

Lake Winnipeg 81/100

wood cut reduction

22.50 x 29.50 in

$350.00

Red River (93/100)

Gordon Mortensen

Red River (93/100)

wood cut reduction

30 x 22 in

$1,000.00

Fall (72/100)

Gordon Mortensen

Fall (72/100)

wood cut reduction

22 x 30 in

$950.00

September Big Sur 5/130

Gordon Mortensen

September Big Sur 5/130

wood cut reduction

29 x 40 in

$1,250.00

Canyon Alden Vineyard (42/65)

Gordon Mortensen

Canyon Alden Vineyard (42/65)

wood cut reduction

24 x 38 in

$750.00

May- Point Lobos (57/100)

Gordon Mortensen

May- Point Lobos (57/100)

wood cut reduction

22 x 30 in

$900.00

Vineyard (75/100)

Gordon Mortensen

Vineyard (75/100)

wood cut reduction

25 x 33 in

$650.00

Late Winter (123/130)

Gordon Mortensen

Late Winter (123/130)

wood cut reduction

$1,000.00

Wildflowers Point Lobos (41/110), 2019

Gordon Mortensen

Wildflowers Point Lobos (41/110), 2019

wood cut reduction

20 x 19 in

$300.00

Dahlias (28/100)

Gordon Mortensen

Dahlias (28/100)

wood cut reduction

22 x 30 in

$700.00

October Paramecium Pond  (12/100)

Gordon Mortensen

October Paramecium Pond (12/100)

wood cut reduction

40 x 32 in

$1,250.00

Autumn Marsh (29/70)

Gordon Mortensen

Autumn Marsh (29/70)

wood cut reduction

29 x 40 in

$1,050.00

Manitoba (85/130)

Gordon Mortensen

Manitoba (85/130)

wood cut reduction

17.25 x 24 in

$325.00

Fog Carmel Point 39/65 (39/65)

Gordon Mortensen

Fog Carmel Point 39/65 (39/65)

wood cut reduction

35 x 29 in

$800.00

Paint-Brush (30/110)

Gordon Mortensen

Paint-Brush (30/110)

wood cut reduction

21.50 x 15 in

$400.00

Early June (12/15)

Gordon Mortensen

Early June (12/15)

wood cut reduction

15 x 20 in

$475.00

Massachusetts Autumn  (52/100)

Gordon Mortensen

Massachusetts Autumn (52/100)

wood cut reduction

22 x 30 in

$850.00

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Gordon Mortensen
About: Gordon Mortensen is one of the best known reduction woodcut print artists working in the United States . He is also one of the few working artists who still uses the reduction process for printmaking. Mortensen works from watercolor studies to help him understand the color dynamics required of the wood cut. He uses up to 64 colors and takes as long as three months to create the woodblock image. You may notice that the final outcome has a painterly feel. And yet, it is unmistakably a woodcut print. The clues are in the rich layered colors and wood grain textures. His early images represent the upper Midwest landscapes and areas around where he lived in North Dakota. His color preferences in these early works are earthy and muted as compared to the brighter colors he favors to represent his current home in California. Process: First, only one woodblock is used and the whole image is drawn onto it India ink.. Before the first color is printed, any areas that are to remain unprinted (white or the color of the paper) are cut away from the surface of the block. Continuing on, any colors to remain white are the first to be carved out of the surface. Next, the first color is apply to the block and printed on all sheets. Then, any area that is to remain the previous color is carved away and the next color is applied. The same then goes for each subsequent color. In the end, there is very little left of the original block of wood as it has been cut away.
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