Rodney Fumpston (b. 1947) folio of 13 etchings

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Lot Description

Rodney Fumpston (b. 1947) folio of 13 etchings, from the series 'Fourteen days in Japan'. Each signed, titled, and numbered 65/75. All unframed, each 345 x 250. Est. $800-1200. "Some of the enjoyment of an etching is lost when it is framed, put behind glass and hung on the wall. It is rewarding to take the work into the hands, turn it over, scrutinise it up close. The Japanese, with their rich tradition of printmaking, store prints in boxes for concentrated viewing and Fumpston would be glad if more New Zealanders adopted this practice". "Fumpston travelled to Japan in 1986. Fourteen Days in Japan is a tour de force in which he set out to honour the Japanese ukiyo-e tradition of woodblock printing, but in his own medium. He combined as many different intaglio printing techniques as possible so that the suite could act as a sort of textbook. His images were based on themes from Japanese prints... These prints delighted the Japanese and Fumpston was in turn delighted by an environment that was so well informed about the printer’s art"