Stone lithography was the first printmaking medium to allow an artist to naturally ‘paint’ or ‘draw’ onto a flat stone to create an image. The basic process of lithography is as follows: artist paints/draws on stone with a greasy substance, the stone is moistened with water, oil-based ink is rolled onto the stone, a piece of paper is pressed onto the stone. This process can be repeated multiple times.
Released in 2002 ‘Court Painter’ is a stone lithograph. EA edition of only 16. EA (French for Exemplar Atiste or Artist Proof.)
This is a light-hearted look at the daily trials and tribulations in the life of a court painter. There are many paintings of court painters throughout the ages trying to capture their royal subjects. My favorite one is the painting, Las Meninas, by Velázquez. It was also Picasso’s favorite as he reinterpreted Velázquez’s painting several times. Their lives must have been extremely difficult walking that fine line of flattering their subjects while attempting to tell some truth in their art work. Goya was the most startling example of a court painter who was outrageous and extremely brave. He painted his royal subjects with brutal honesty and yet the royals somehow only saw themselves in Goya’s works as remarkable and beautiful due to their inbreeding!