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Jeff Clarke R.E.  
(Born Brighton 1935)

Night Reflections

Jeff Clarke at 80 | Exhibition by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee | Night Reflections

Night Reflections
360 x 499 mm
Aquatint, with scraping, stop-out and drilled holes, 1976.
A unique impression. Signed in pencil and dated. On wove, a little cockled within the plate but only noticeable verso.


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One of five extant ‘subjects’ made when Jeff briefly ventured into abstraction, under the influence of his association with Terry Frost at Reading University in the mid 1970’s.

The zinc plate was first etched with a grid all over, still just visible. It was then scraped in places with power tools. Collage stop-outs were applied to the plate and a resin aquatint ground added before rebiting in the acid bath. The collaged shapes prevented biting beneath them, so that after wiping the inked-up plate for printing, the ink could not reach where the plate had been protected, and the shapes ‘printed’ as ‘white’.

The white spots were created by drilling holes (which could not therefore receive ink at all) right through the plate, so that the natural ‘white’ of the paper shows in a variety of ‘blind’ printing.