RIVER GOD (study) by Miles Lowry
Original Drypoint Print
chin colle on German etching paper
Image: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
Paper: 25 cm x 33 cm
From Original Edition of 30 numbered and signed by the artist
Editions Numbers available – 13, 21, 23, 24, 28
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River God (study)
"I became fascinated by the River God sculptures and photographed them in 1996 while in Dublin. I used my residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre to then draw the heads extending the beards into flowing forms of water, ice and the elements. I was then asked to contribute to a dry point print portfolio at the Barton Leier Gallery in Victoria, British Columbia. I drew the image in reverse with metal tools on a copper plate. Printed by Suzy Raxlen, her technique uses 'Chine-collé' where the plate is printed on a piece of rice paper run through the press simultaneously with the cotton etching paper, forming a bond." - Miles Lowry
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The River Gods of Ireland, or Heads of the Rivers, were commissioned by the famous Architect, James Gandon (1743-1823). Gandon’s first major work was the magnificent Custom House in Dublin (1781-1791). Gandon commissioned a virtually unknown stonemason, Edward Smyth, to depict the principal rivers of Ireland as part of the external design to the Custom House. This type of design was once a common architectural motif and generally incorporated those elements closely associated with the flow of the river in the crowns of the stone heads. They were part of the make up of bridges, at the apex, which spanned the rivers.