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Richard Downs
"Tango" 200
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"Couple #1" | Monotype | 12x15" image, 17x20 sheet | 1991

20 years ago I started my "Couples" series. This week I hit 200 pieces between paintings and works on paper. The beginning of the series was inspired by Henri Matisse and his incredible, "Back" sculpture series. You can see the influence in my first "Couple #1" piece. When I saw his "Back" series I thought, "I gotta do that", well, I tried at least!  My latest commission has been for a collector  who wanted a specific "Tango" inspired Monotype of mine that was gone so I made a suite of  small "Tango" pieces for them to pick from. It took me 17 years to create the first 100 pieces in this series and the last two and a half years to create the other 100. I think that I am getting a little faster and a little better at this!  Have a Creative and Happy 2012 Ya'll!
 
Henri Matisse, The Back Series, The Back IV, c. 1931, Museum of Modern Art, New York

"Tango Couple #194" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | I made these 7 pieces one after another. Creating a suite in one sitting I always rush the first plate with over inking and impatience. I settled down on the remaining 6

"Tango Couple #195" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011

"Tango Couple #196" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011

"Couple #197" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | sold

"Tango Couple #198" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011

"Couple #199" | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | sold

"Couple #200"= my year is done! | Monotype | 5x7" image, 8x10" sheet | 2011 | sold

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