Jack Beal, Self-Portrait

Medium: Lithograph, from stone
Date editioned: 1993
Ink and paper type: black ink on Arches Cover 
Edition size: 9
Signed: in pencil, lower right
Image size: 13" x 10" 
Paper size: 17 1/2" x 13 1/2" 


Jack Beal and Sondra Freckelton were guest artists at St. Lawrence University in the fall of 1993. Jack offered his apologies for not being able to work on one of the stones Bailey had provided for him some weeks earlier. So Jack took a look around the studio, found a six inch round shaving mirror, took the mirror and a grained stone into an available office and proceeded to draw this self-portrait.

 

A Closer Look ... Self-Portrait

  Drawn quickly and easily, directly on the stone without a preliminary drawing.

Drawn quickly and easily, directly on the stone without a preliminary drawing.

  For Jack this foreshortened view was not a distortion, it was a challenge and an opportunity to discover new forms.

For Jack this foreshortened view was not a distortion, it was a challenge and an opportunity to discover new forms.

  This photograph of Jack was taken in April, 2005. That's twelve years after he made the litho self-portrait and  just over eight years before he died, on August 29, 2013 at age eighty-  two.

This photograph of Jack was taken in April, 2005. That's twelve years after he made the litho self-portrait and  just over eight years before he died, on August 29, 2013 at age eighty-two.