Jun 24, 2010 - Sale 2219

Sale 2219 - Lot 56

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
MELVIN W. CLARK (1944 - )
Saxophone Colossus.

Reduction color woodcut, 1993. 648x457 mm; 25 1/2x18 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 17/30 in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression.

Jazz is an important motif for contemporary painter and printmaker Melvin Clark. This impressive woodcut is inspired by saxophone giant Sonny Rollins and bears the same name as his famous 1956 Prestige album. In 1986, Clark received a fellowship to do his first woodcuts at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop in New York, and soon moved to New York from Detroit. Clark describes the impact of jazz in New York City upon his art: "I was able to see live, all the living legends of Jazz. ... I often use musical themes in my art. The energy of live musical performances is what I strive to capture in my compositions." His work is found today in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Modern African Arts Gallery, Amsterdam, the Printmaking Workshop, New York, the Lower East Side Printshop, New York, the Detroit Board of Education, and the Pehl Collection, Eldersburg, MD.