Dean Dass | Prana-Breath: There’s Nothing That Is Not Food. Testimony: They Eat and Are Eaten | Signed | 1980
This hand-colored etching with collage is signed, “Dass 1980″ lower right in graphite and the full title in graphite on the left. The condition is excellent, no foxing, fading or trimming of the piece, and archivally framed. Dimensions: 11-13/16″ x 8-7/8″. Very Rarely seen etching, Classified UNIQUE EDITION, and only one such piece acquisitioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Additional Information on the Artist:
Dean A. Dass was born 1955, studied art, philosophy and anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, B.A.1978; M.F.A. in printmaking from The Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. Since 1985 he has taught drawing, printmaking, book arts, and seminars on contemporary art at the University of Virginia, where he directs the Studio Art programs in the McIntire Department of Art.
He has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad and has works in major museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland, and the National Collection of Poland, Krakow, to name just a few. His award-winning hand made books have been collected by the Rare Books division of the Library of Congress, and his magisterial works of art reside in many prestigious public and private collections. Equally adept in media and forms as diverse as traditional printmaking, wood sculpture, artists’ books, oil paintings and the pioneering use of the ink jet printer, Dass is an incredibly versatile artist known for his pioneering use of the ink jet printer and an alchemical merging of materials such as mica and gold leaf with pigment and paper or to create abstract, earthlike forms pulsing with energy and a mesmerizing incandescence. Dass has drastically changed the traditional thinking about prints, as his are almost always one of a kind, mesmerizing and unique limited editions. His fluid approach to art making and his sublime output has been an inspiration to countless young art students and collectors alike. He is a founding member of the influential group of printmakers that call themselves the Printmakers Left who have exhibited internationally and have three publications of their collaborations thus far.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection