Beginning in the summer of 2014, Frank X Tolbert 2 started work on eight color etchings of Texas birds. Etchings are traditionally created by the artist etching images into a copper plate and the plate inked up and printed onto paper. When a color etching is planned, each image needs a plate for each color. The Texas Bird Suite, required Tolbert to draw and etch 29 copper plates, with as many as four plates per print. Frank X Tolbert 2 and Katherine Brimberry will give the public a rare peak into the press to show the plates and proofs, and will also explain more about the collaboration involved in the development of the Texas Bird etchings.
Images: (left) detail of Frank applying "white ground" to a copper plate for Chicken Hawk; (right) detail of Chicken Hawk, 2015, multi-plate color intaglio, 30x22" image size, 37x28" paper size, 2015.