"DEUX TORSES" (TWO TORSOS), 1989
Mezzotint from the suite "Deux"
15 x 11 inches, #35/50
Mezzotint from the suite titled "DEUX", by Mikio Watanabe and printed by the artist, published by Multiple Impressions Ltd., New York, 1989. This print, "DEUX TORSES" (TWO TORSOS), is #35/50 from the portfolio printed on Fabriano Tiepolo paper. Each print is signed, numbered and titled in pencil by the artist. This print is in perfect condition, never removed from linen portfolio and is being offered unframed in the portfolio case. Paper size is 15 x 11 inches and the image size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. This was a suite of 7 images, of which 3 remain available. Mikio Watanabe is known internationally as the most important figurative mezzotint artist,. His mezzotints often feature Yuriko, his wife and model. He has dedicated his work to mezzotint since 1981 and after over 50 one-man exhibitions, one can now find his work in public and private collections internationally. His hand-rocked, copper plate images are Mikio's sensuous, reverent, and intimate homage to the female form, with a fine quality that bespeaks the artist's many years of devotion to his craft. Watanabe creates a mezzotint by repeatedly pressing a curved, serrated mezzotint rocker over the surface of a copper plate until it makes thousands of tiny indentations. After the entire surface of the plate has been textured, yielding a rich velvety black when inked, scrapers are used to shave down the raised areas to a variety of heights that will produce soft tones from dark gray to white when inked and pressed.