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VNTG DIPTYCH HAND-COLORED LIMITED ED ETCHINGS OF SEASHELLS DAN MITRA - $55 (Kingsland)

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Hand titled, signed and numbered in pencil. Professionally double-matted and framed. 16 1/4" x 24 1/2". In very good vintage condition. Cash only. Local pick-up is at the Dollar General parking lot, just off I-95, GA exit 7.

PLEASE NOTE: Serious inquiries only. We are not a gallery set up for idle viewing pleasure. Our pieces posted for sale are currently in storage at a facility several miles from our home, and we can't afford the time or gasoline to drive back and forth simply to show them.

In creating his series of incredible nature-oriented etchings, Dan Mitra has truly surpassed any camera with his uncanny ability to capture images of Earth’s creations in amazing detail.

Before coming to the U.S. from Romania, Mitra worked as a graphic designer for both motion pictures and the theater. He published graphics in various magazines, and won prizes in several art competitions in Italy.

Although he has excelled in such varied media as painting, sculpture, and drawing. Mitra first began to explore the field of etching after entering the U.S. A natural facility added to an intense enthusiasm assured him an immediate success. His subject matter covers a wide range topics, and he approaches it always from a decorative viewpoint and creates a pleasing addition to any interior by his distinctively fine line, unflawed technique and attention to subtle detail.

Dan has been doing etchings for many years and has perfected his technique. Each one is unique in that they are colored by hand and no two are ever exactly the same. He built his etching press himself and is extremely detailed in his work.
ETCHING PROCESS

The process required to produce these original etchings has changed little since Rembrandts day. It’s most salient feature is the uniquely fine line quality, a special trademark of the medium.

An acid resistant ground is spread over a metal plate. The image is carefully drawn through this ground with a fine point of a diamond needle. Special care must be taken when considering the composition, because in reverse.

The plate may be returned to the acid as many times as necessary to give a wide variety of tonal areas. Each time new changes are made, the surface must be recoated with asphaltum, completely stopping the previous lines to avoid a breaking down of the grooves.

When the plate is immersed in a nitric acid bath, only those areas where the ground has been removed are exposed to the corrosive action. These lines are eaten (etched) for various lengths of time to create different line depths, which will produce contrasting shades of light and dark to enhance the feeling of space.

When the etching process is finished, the ground is removed and the plate is inked and wiped clean. The lines below the surface hold ink and will produce the image. A dampened paper is then placed over the inked plate, and the two are run through the press simultaneously. The press is turned by hand, and only one print is produced at a time. The process is strictly manual and requires great skill and care.

If color is to be applied, a watercolor medium will give a subtler shade of color, than the mechanical process developed later of printing from several plates.

This piece is from our large art collection, assembled over a more than 50-year time span. The collection consists of original paintings lithographs, photographs, drawings, etchings, and other types of prints, as well as some mixed media pieces, all of which we'll eventually be listing on Craigslist Marketplace. As our main concern is finding new, appreciative homes for the pieces, we're pricing them to sell, at prices well below fair market value. Thank you for visiting our listings, and please don't hesitate to message us if we may be of further help.

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