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Oscar Gillespie

Oscar Gillespie

Metal Engraving & Direct Methods of Working to Create Intaglio Prints


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Course Description

Learn the original non-toxic method for linear intaglio plate making.  No acids, no grounds, just line with the calligraphic character of swells and flourishes.  A direct and dynamic method of mark-making, engraving can be easier to use than its reputation gives credit.  With a little instruction in sharpening and holding the tool (along with some patient, guided practice from the instructor) students in this workshop will be able to make a burin sit, lie down and roll over like the best-trained pet in the house. Demonstrations and practice for counter proofing engravings to aquatinted plates for registration and printing of color editions will be included, as well as discussion and demonstration of the use of mezzotint rockers and roulettes.



Oscar J. Gillespie is a Professor of Art at Bradley University, where he has been a member of the faculty since January of 1986. He teaches printmaking and drawing. As a printmaker, he is noted for his expertise in monotypes and in intaglio, especially metal-plate engraving. Exhibiting widely since 1974, he has shown his work in more than 300 solo, group, invitational and juried exhibitions. His work may be found in more than 60 public collections, including the Fogg Museum, Harvard; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Denver Art Museum; the Lauren Rogers Museum, Laurel, Mississippi; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, the New York Public Library; the Plains Museum, Fargo, North Dakota; and the National Museum of Posnan, Poland.