R.C. Gorman’s Mediums

R.C. Gorman worked with a variety of different art mediums.  As you browse through the gallery, refer to this page to read definitions and learn more about the differences between R.C. Gorman’s art processes.

Original Lithograph: R.C. Gorman’s original lithographs are hand signed and numbered.  Unlike offset lithography where the image is “offset” from a rubber blanket, R.C. Gorman’s original lithographs were pulled directly from the artist’s stone drawings.  Therefore, each pulled impression, with its slight variation of color and alignment, is considered an original.  All of Gorman’s original lithographs were conceived and executed by the artist on flat stones or plates; they were then printed by either the artist himself or a collaborating printer.  Each finished lithograph consists of several layers of carefully aligned colors and shapes that were sequentially pulled from separate stone drawings.  In his lithographs, R.C. Gorman was well-known for his use of the “Rainbow Roll,” which is the smooth gradation of color that often appears in the backgrounds of his pieces.

Original Serigraph: R.C. Gorman’s original serigraphs are hand signed and numbered.  Serigraphy, also known as silkscreen printing, is a stenciling technique in which the artist squeegees ink through a partially blocked screen.  The artist builds up the final image by carefully aligning the screens and squeegeeing one layer of color at a time.  This printmaking process was most famously reintroduced to the art world by Andy Warhol, a close friend of R.C. Gorman.

Original Woodblock Print: R.C. Gorman’s original woodblock prints are hand signed and numbered.  The woodcut printmaking process derives from Egyptian and Chinese traditions.  Using this process, the artist – sometimes with the help of a skilled craftsman – cuts into a block of wood to create the image in relief.  R.C. Gorman finished several woodblock prints while traveling in Japan and studying under printmaking masters in Tokyo.

Original Etching: R.C. Gorman’s original etchings are hand signed and numbered.  With the intaglio process, the artist covers a copper or zinc metal plate with an acid-resistant ground.  The artist then cuts into the ground with a needle, leaving an exposed section of the metal.  When covered with acid, the exposed areas are etched permanently into the surface of the metal.  Depending on the length of exposure and the temperature, the acid bites create a variety of depths on the plate.  The plate is then inked, covered with a moistened paper, and run through the press.  Because the paper is damp, it fits into the various depths of the plate and grabs the ink.  Often, the topography of the metal plate is visible on the surface of the dried paper.

Original Papercast:

Original Oil Pastel Drawings and Acrylic Paintings: R.C. Gorman’s original oil pastel drawings and acrylic paintings are one-of-a-kind artworks.  Working from live models, the artist uses quick, suggestive lines to capture the spirit of the model’s presence in each piece.

Giclees: Our giclees are high quality reproductions of R.C. Gorman’s original work.  All edges are hand-torn to remain consistent with the artist’s aesthetic intent.  They are printed on 100% cotton rag paper with 100-150 year ink so that they can be enjoyed for years to come.

When purchasing a limited edition from our website you will receive the next available number, artist proof (A/P), or presentation proof (PP) in sequence.  All original artwork is carefully rolled and shipped in large tubes.  This method of shipping has been used by the gallery for over 40 years.  All tubes must be signed for upon delivery.  The gallery suggests that fine art should not be kept rolled for more than 7 days after being received.  We recommend that the artwork be taken to a professional framer to be removed from tube, unrolled, and handled.  Original artwork is very fragile and any slight bend of the paper can result in permanent damage.  If you need any further assistance, please contact us at 575-758-3250 or by e-mail info@rcgormangallery.com

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