Three Generations of California Printmakers Featured at COM
Kentfield, CA—May 8, 2008— An exhibit featuring three generations of renowned California printmakers is on display at College of Marin through July 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 146, 835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA. A reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, May 15, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 146, 835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA. The exhibit and reception are open to the public free of charge.
Leon Gilmour, 1907-1996, was a master wood engraver whose work has been collected by museums and private collectors, including the Achenbach collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco. A one-time laborer turned artist, Gilmour studied wood engraving in 1931 with his friend, Paul Landacre. His early work emerged from the troubled social matrix of the 1930’s Los Angeles art scene. By 1939 he had engraved his masterpiece, "Cement Finishers," with its three laborers hard at work on one of the federal public works projects of the 1930s. "Cement Finishers” is one of several of Gilmour’s best known works that can be seen at the COM exhibit.
Inspired by his father’s work, Leon Gilmour’s son Lawrence became a printmaker in the early 1970s. The exhibit features Lawrence’s monotype techniques and multi-plate etchings.
The third artist whose work is featured in the exhibit is Leon Gilmour’s grandson, Zachary, who holds a printmaking degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. His prints bring a subtle color sensibility to the show. As with his father and grandfather, Zachary’s work takes inspiration from nature and features Marin County and Bay Area landscapes.
The exhibit is being sponsored by the Associated Students of Emeritus College. For more information call 415.485.9652.