CONTEMPORARY MONOTYPE PHENOMENON

London Site 6

London Site 6
Nathan Oliveira, 1984
color monotype, 50.8 x 45.4 cm
(14 1/2 x 11 7/8 in.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Henry Bonnetheace, Cardine Henry, John Lodge and Venice Workshop Artists


Oliveira Biography

Nathan Oliveira's monotype London Site VI may be cited as the epitome of the romantic, painterly, evocative qualities that characterize many works in the medium. By itself, the image appears to convey the artist's emotional reaction to a specific place at a specific time, with the quality of the printed surface suggesting the distance of a moment remembered, rather than one observed. However, this image is part of a series, and together with the previous monotypes in the series, they reveal the artist's preference for the sequential development of an idea, an contemplative approach that belies the immediacy of an emotional response.


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