Ian Boyden – Artist

More on the calligraphy theme…


Ian Boyden’s fascination with materials, industrial processes, text and the calligraphic line led him to China where he studied history and the practice of Chinese calligraphy, painting and bookmaking with masters of those arts. He worked for Walla Walla Foundry where he learned to cast, weld and chase bronze, and in Portland with Kathy Kuehn at Salient Seedling Press to learn letterpress printing and a variety of bindings. He founded Crab Quill Press to produce limited-edition, fine press artist books and in 1998, moved the Press to Walla Walla where he also works as the director of the Sheehan Art Gallery at Whitman College.

Davidson Gallery Exhibit

Foundry Gallery Exhibit

Crab Quill Press

Augen – Ian Boyden
Good selection (Most are in the other linked sites too.)

Intaglio Printmaking – Wikipedia

Beautiful books! Images follow. You can only see them if you see the post rather than a whole list of posts. I only show my own in that way.

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Mark Tobey, 1890-1976

Monday, May 10, 1976, Robert Hughes wrote an obituary in TIME of Mark Tobey Incarnations of Tobey TIME

By the ’50s, a stereotype of Tobey had emerged, and it was to affect his reputation in American art: the sage of the Pacific Northwest, perched on a misty crag, making exquisitely obscure calligraphic doodles. Tobey had worked for a year in China. At that time it was hardly possible for a painter to have done this without being regarded, in some circles, as a perambulating bodhisattva.

I am posting to pursue a thread. The relationship between calligraphy and modern art. It is there everywhere once you look. The action painters, like Franz Klein, Max Gimblett, Pollock. I will keep at it.

More here, and here is a good site: MARK TOBEY, American artist 1890-1976, Page by Arthur Lyon Dahl It has paintings as well as this photo of him:

Mark Tobey

Bridgeman Art Library – Image Search
Good sample – small images.

Art & Belief Amazon

That is one of about three Toby books I just bought online! Through Amazon but dirt cheap from secondhand shops. They will take months to get here, I may be over Toby by then, but I doubt it.

More text & images by Mark Tobey follow.

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