Ten Views from Lake Tahoe. A Portfolio of Wood Engravings.

[Reno:] The Lumino Press, 1991. One of 175 copies, with numbers 1-60 reserved for collection in portfolios; this is one of those portfolios, numbered 22. Each engraving is titled, numbered, and signed by the artist. Work on the portfolio was completed in June 1991 Title-page and colophon printed in black with a blue vignette. The engravings were printed by the artist from end-grain maple blocks using a Vandercook 4 cylinder press. They were printed on Basingwerk Heavyweight paper using Roberts & Carlson’s printing inks. The text pages were printed letterpress using metal type set by hand; the typefaces are Monotype Dante and ATF Twentieth Century. Text and engravings printed on rectos of leaves only. A fine copy. Cloth portfolio of Dutch Linen covered boards with printed illustrated paper label on front board. Bound inside is a large gray envelope-style folder that contains the leaves. Folio (18 ” x 14 3 1, blank heavy card], [1 (Item ID: 16602)


John Balkwill is a book artist and printmaker residing in Santa Barbara, California. He also operates the Lumino Press. After graduating from Notre Dame, he earned a Master’s degree of Fine Arts from the Institute of the Book Arts at the University of Alabama where he studied under Gabriel Rummonds. He learned the techniques of wood engraving from John DePol and studied Japanese woodblock printmaking with Akira Kurosaki, one of the most important contemporary Japanese printmakers. Ten Views from Lake Tahoe is the first major work of Lumino Press.

In his “Statement of the Artist,” Balkwill discusses the difference between the wood cut and the wood engraving and the influence that Hiroshige and his Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji had upon this work. He writes, “Set high in the Sierra Nevada, on the border of California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its setting is unique…Lake Tahoe has many faces, the mood and appearance of its landscape can change dramatically depending on the time of day, the time of year, the weather and, not least of all, the interior mood and emotions of the viewer...The inspiration to create a series of prints on a particular landscape subject came…from the work of Japanese woodblock artists of the nineteenth century who often created print collections with scenes from famous places” (p. [1])

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