July 5-29, 2017
Pursuing Invisible Reflections:
The Etchings of David Avery
July 8, 2017
2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
David Avery was the first place winner of the 2016 National Small Works competition at the Washington Printmakers Gallery.
A practitioner of traditional black and white etching in San Francisco for over 30 years, David Avery has long been attracted to the works and techniques of the master etchers and engravers of the past 400 years as well as their literary counterparts, and often finds in them inspiration or a point of departure for his own work—a bridge, if you will between past thought and contemporary issues, one that sheds light in a unique way on such concerns.
It is the strange luminosity brought about by the unique quality of line etching on copper, limited only by the skill and patience of its practitioner, coupled with, perhaps, a somewhat suspect vision about things as they supposedly are which give Avery’s work its compelling appeal, and allows for the possibility of generating a multiplicity of narratives and interpretations.
Avery’s work has been noted in the New York Times and the Boston Globe, and is included in many museum collections, including the New York Public Library, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Stanford University Library Special Collections, among others.
Washington Post Review
Mark Jenkins review in the Washington Post noted that David Avery’s “… exquisitely detailed work … is closer to Albrecht Durer than any contemporary artist … Yet the classic imagery is wittily updated.”