THE PRICE OF THIS ETCHING INCLUDES A BLACK PAINTED WOOD FRAME WITH GLASS AND ACID FREE MAT. THE FRAME MEASURES 16 INCHES HIGH BY 12 INCHES WIDE. THE WHITE MAT CONTAINS A BLACK INNER TRIMMED EDGE. THE ARTWORK ARRIVES WIRED AND READY TO HANG ON YOUR WALL. A WALL HOOK AND NAIL ARE ALSO INCLUDED. NOTE that the detail image is actually Print Number 1 of 5 in Edition Two of Four. This etching was inspired by a 2012 photograph by the artist. It shows a sculpture on Covington Cathedral outside wall by Jacob Epstein, the same sculptor who carved Oscar Wilde’s gravestone in Paris, as well as the free standing bronze piece entitled, SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS, permanently installed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, US. This original etching was executed on a zinc plate and manually printed by Di Falco on a Charles Brand flatbed press at The Center for Works on Paper, located on the Fleisher Art campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The artist incorporated the etching techniques of Intaglio, Aquatint, Drypoint and Chine colle. His media included oil-based etching ink, Rives BFK white paper, and Mulberry bark paper from Thailand, which was infused with Kozo fibers and also treated with methylcellulose. Five nitric acid baths were required to obtain the final design. This is print number five of five in the SECOND of FOUR Editions, noted on the etching as 5 over 5 and Roman numeral II over IV. The image size corresponds to the etching plate’s size of 6 inches wide by 9 inches high or 15.240cm by 22.860 cm. The framed and matted work measures about 12 inches by 16 inches. Di Falco created the work’s color by blending five inks. STORYLINE-- This image shows Jacob Epstein’s bronze work, mounted in relief on Covington Cathedral. It depicts The Archangel Michael victorious over the fallen angel, Lucifer.
Notes on the Chine Colle Process -- Chine Colle, which translates from the French as Chinese pasting and pronounced shin-ko-lay, is a process in which colored and treated paper is attached to the etching plate before the printing press is activated. Di Falco mixes his own Methylcellulose powder with spring water and then paints the resulting clear viscous substance onto hand dyed mulberry bark paper from Thailand, Brand-Unryu. In Japan, unryu translates as CLOUD DRAGON paper because it has long swirling threads of kozo fibers integrated in it, thereby giving the texture and visual effect of clouds. Kozo fibers come the branches of the kozo bush, specifically the innermost of three layers of bark, which must be removed, cooked, and beaten before the sheets are formed. Kozo is harvested annually. The treated Thai paper is then allowed to dry overnight and cut to fit the plate areas where color is desired. These stenciled mulberry bark papers are first dampened or misted with water and placed upon the already inked and wiped etching plate. The printing process continues, and a multi colored image on paper resulting. The work includes an artist’s exhibition resume and Certificate of Authenticity. It ships in a professional cardboard box with bubble wrap.