Barbarian Press, 2019. 11 x 15 1/2. 103 leaves with 95 engravings from all periods and styles of Richard Wagener’s career. These are mostly one to a page, with title & date printed beneath in red. Comments by Wagener and others on the engravings are interspersed. With a folder containing a signed, numbered strike of the commissioned frontispiece for the book. Quarter red morocco, morocco tips, patterned boards, matching slipcase. Fine copy of this major retrospective. Item #18441
"I was painting large abstract canvases...but...I fell under the sway of wood engraving. Ever since I have been working at weaving my disparate influences together in a personal end-grain patch-work quilt."
"No one else I know of is making such avant-garde grand opera in wood-engraved prints" (fellow wood engraver Simon Brett). "Yet with abstraction as a vital part of his vision, Wagener is also deeply drawn to the essentials of the natural world – trees, plants, mountains, birds, reptiles, animals – and presents them utterly in and for themselves. There are very few human figures, and virtually no active ‘scenes’ with a narrative, a story to tell. His subjects are not interpreted, or used to set off something else...His vision is intense, embracing, and clear"--Crispin Elsted.
Endgrain Editions 5, printed by Jan Elsted from the original blocks. No. 58 of 80 deluxe copies.
Richard Wagener's wood engravings appear in a number of fine press editions, most notably those of Peter Koch in Berkeley and the Book Club of California. In 2006 Richard established his own fine press imprint, Mixolydian Editions. He is widel collected by libraries and art galleries.