Larry Welo

Larry Welo

Artwork

Larry Welo
Artist Statement: My career began in 1974, I learned by doing. Northeastern Iowa is a visually stimulating place, and, living there, I drew the things around me. The places that I drew became the subjects of my etchings. It became more than drawing places, however. My survival was determined by what I made. Evolving from looking at places came seeing. Seeing meant that from daily observation and translation through drawing, I developed the skill of looking at the world in terms of two-dimensional design. Ideas are of great importance, and, as an artist, being able to communicate those ideas is of the greatest importance. This is something that I have attempted throughout my career. Looking is something that I was born with. Seeing, and communicating what is seen, is something that has been learned. About: Welo was born in 1951 and grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota on the iron range. He studied art and biology while a student at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Determined to work professionally as an artist, he decided to focus on etching, and, after graduating from Luther in 1974 began his art career. Welo’s studio is located in an old Opera House in a small community in southern Wisconsin.. Process: Welo’s etchings are made on copper plates, although other metals may be used as well. A thin protective coating is applied to the plate. This is called the ground. A stylus-like tool (usually made of steel) with a sharp point is used to draw through the ground, exposing the metal beneath. When the plate is placed in an acid bath, a reaction occurs. The exposed metal is eaten away by the acid. Wherever a line was scratched through the ground, a groove is created. After a period of time in the acid, the plate is removed and the ground is cleaned off with a solvent. The plate is now ready for printing and is covered with a heavy, black ink. The ink is wiped off of the plate’s surface, leaving ink only in the etched areas beneath the surface of the plate. The inked plate is laid on the bed of the etching press with a dampened sheet of paper laid on top. When the wheel of the press is turned, the plate and paper move between large steel rollers. A great amount of pressure from the steel rollers forces the paper into the contours of the plate, where the ink is transferred to the paper. Much of etching is a studio process. The etching press is made of steel and is quite heavy. Also, the chemicals require a great deal of care in handling. One of the beauties of the medium, however, is that the copper plates that I use are fairly portable. I am able to take them into the field and work directly from the location. I love to do this. The chemistry that occurs in translating something from three dimensions onto the flat copper etching plate is like no other. There is a bond that occurs between mind, hand, and place. It is a magical union.
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A Gathering in a Clearing 38/100 (38/100)
Larry Welo

A Gathering in a Clearing 38/100 (38/100)

etchings and Monotypes

13 x 16 in

$300.00

Dream House 19/100 (19/100)
Larry Welo

Dream House 19/100 (19/100)

etchings and Monotypes

25 x 28.25 in

$900.00

Happy Trails 35/100 (35/100)
Larry Welo

Happy Trails 35/100 (35/100)

etchings and Monotypes

10.50 x 12 in

$300.00

Past Life 22/100 (22/100)
Larry Welo

Past Life 22/100 (22/100)

etchings and Monotypes

21 x 22 in

$550.00

The Faraway Look 56/100 (56/100)
Larry Welo

The Faraway Look 56/100 (56/100)

etchings and Monotypes

16 x 22 in

$450.00

The River 30/100 (30/100)
Larry Welo

The River 30/100 (30/100)

etchings and Monotypes

25 x 28 in

$650.00

Untitled Tree #2
Larry Welo

Untitled Tree #2

etchings and Monotypes

23 x 20 in

$550.00

A Gathering in a Clearing 70/100 (70/100)
Larry Welo

A Gathering in a Clearing 70/100 (70/100)

etchings and Monotypes

19 x 21 in

$500.00

East of the Sun 32/100 (32/100)
Larry Welo

East of the Sun 32/100 (32/100)

etchings and Monotypes

17 x 18 in

$350.00

Happy Trails 37/100 (37/100)
Larry Welo

Happy Trails 37/100 (37/100)

etchings and Monotypes

19.50 x 20.50 in

$500.00

Shady Characters 51/100 (51/100)
Larry Welo

Shady Characters 51/100 (51/100)

etchings and Monotypes

12 x 14 in

$300.00

The Green Island
Larry Welo

The Green Island

etchings and Monotypes

23 x 26 in

$550.00

The Road to Primrose 7/100 (7/100)
Larry Welo

The Road to Primrose 7/100 (7/100)

etchings and Monotypes

19 x 20 in

$450.00

Woodrow
Larry Welo

Woodrow

etchings and Monotypes

22.50 x 26 in

$700.00

Deep River 51/100 (51/100)
Larry Welo

Deep River 51/100 (51/100)

etchings and Monotypes

8 x 10 in

$200.00

Fertile Ridge 88/100 (88/100)
Larry Welo

Fertile Ridge 88/100 (88/100)

etchings and Monotypes

17 x 19.50 in

$400.00

Looking Glass 96/100 (96/100)
Larry Welo

Looking Glass 96/100 (96/100)

etchings and Monotypes

16.50 x 18.50 in

$450.00

Shady Characters 62/100 (62/100)
Larry Welo

Shady Characters 62/100 (62/100)

etchings and Monotypes

19 x 20.50 in

$500.00

The Pastoral Scene 64/100 (64/100)
Larry Welo

The Pastoral Scene 64/100 (64/100)

etchings and Monotypes

23 x 28 in

$600.00

The Uneven Road 69/100 (69/100)
Larry Welo

The Uneven Road 69/100 (69/100)

etchings and Monotypes

11 x 9 in

$200.00

Division Street 24/100 (24/100)
Larry Welo

Division Street 24/100 (24/100)

etchings and Monotypes

19 x 24 in

$450.00

Flaming Youth
Larry Welo

Flaming Youth

etchings and Monotypes

25 x 28 in

$700.00

Old Growing Things 64/100 (64/100)
Larry Welo

Old Growing Things 64/100 (64/100)

etchings and Monotypes

20.50 x 28.50 in

$700.00

Someday 46/100 (46/100)
Larry Welo

Someday 46/100 (46/100)

etchings and Monotypes

13 x 10 in

$200.00

The River 29/100 (29/100)
Larry Welo

The River 29/100 (29/100)

etchings and Monotypes

18.50 x 22.50 in

$450.00

Untitled Tree # 1
Larry Welo

Untitled Tree # 1

etchings and Monotypes

23 x 20 in

$550.00

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