nine blue poppies(14 views)
Description: This is the first attempt at the medium of woodcut by the artist. It is monumental in scale and took the artist months to cut the block. Based on an original gouache painting with the same title, the artist describes his motivatons for making the image in the following statment: "My 'nine blue poppies' woodcut project began as a gouache study for a large painting. Over the last fourteen years I have made a number of paintings of things that grow on my property, either in my garden, or wild in the landscape. Last year was a good year for our poppy plants; the flowers were large and particularly malevolent. There were six main thoughts in my mind when I decided to try to use these flowers for a painting: their dark beauty, the color blue, our current wars in the middle east, the anti war poetry of the first world war in Europe, the heroin trade, and one of my favorite songs by Captain Beefheart, 'Veterans Day Poppy.' These thoughts kept combining and recombining in various forms of meanings, ironies, and paradoxes. I decided this would do for a start."
Condition Report: pristine
Provenance: Printed and published by Center Street Studio
Dimensions: 54 x 40 inches (image)
Artist or Maker: Richard Ryan
Medium: woodcut, edition 25