Jack Beal, Chicken House
Medium: Intaglio print: soft ground, line etching and aquatint
Initial proofing: 1982, by Jennifer Melby
Edition pulled: 2004, by Roger Bailey
Ink and paper type: Renaissance black ink on Hahnemuhle bright white
Edition size: 40
Signed: in pencil, lower right
Image Size: 11.25" x 13.5"
Jack says he never kept chickens in the Chicken House. This is an excellent example of Jack's use of soft ground etching during the early stages of developing the plate. The image also demonstrates his strong interest in finding patches of light he can use to break out of the darkness. Jack has used the burnisher to pull out some of the flower forms in the foreground.