I recently discovered the work of American printmaker Edward Landon (1911-1984), who was known for contributing to the acceptance of serigraphy as a fine art form. He created so many great prints during his career that it was hard to whittle down which ones to post. I hope you enjoy the ones I picked.
Come Fly With Me, 1973, 8.25" x 13", edition size: 20. M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, $600 at time of post
Exhortation, 1957, 17.5" x 9", edition size: 28. M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, $1,000 at post
The Herald, 1953, 16" x 9.5", edition size: 30. M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, $1,000 at time of post
Abstract, c. 1940, 10.75" x 7". Herbert Halpern Fine Arts, $395 at time of post
Welcome Aboard, c. 1970's, edition size: 25. Teichert Fine Prints, $125 at time of post
Future Memory, 1970, 12" x 18", edition size: 30. Keith Sheridan Fine Prints, sold
Flyable Objects Identified, 1969, 12" x 18", edition size: 30. Keith Sheridan Fine Prints, $450 at post
Interim, c. 1970's, edition size: 25. Teichert Fine Prints, $125 at time of post
At the Gallery, 1981, 16" x 7", edition size: 30. M. Lee Stone Fine Prints, $1,500 at time of post
Windjammer, 1953, 6" x 10.75", edition size: 35. Keith Sheridan Fine Prints, sold
Flying Off On A Tangent, 1982, 10" x 16", edition size: 20. Rachel Davis Fine Arts, sold
Edward August Landon (1911-1984) knew at a young age that he wanted to be an artist and subsequently dropped out of high school to pursue his interest. He enrolled in the Hartford Art School, which happened to be in his hometown, but he eventually decided to move to New York City to continue his studies at the Art Students League. Though I am not sure, it was probably in New York that he met the early American modernist Arthur Dove, who is said to have encouraged Edward to pursue abstraction in his art, and the rest as they say, is history.
Though he was originally interested in painting he eventually turned to serigraphy as his primary medium. In 1940 he assisted in the formation of the National Serigraph Society (1940-1962), an organization of artists dedicated to promoting screenprinting as a fine art form. He assisted the NSS with exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures and even acted as its president. Landon is recognized as one of the most important printmakers of his era and is credited with creating over 240 print designs during his career.
ANECDOTE: What is the difference between silkscreening, screenprinting and serigraphy? Nothing!
The term "silkscreening" was created during a time when silk was used to create the mesh/screen used for screenprinting, so this term is technically obsolete. The term "serigraph" was created by Anthony Velonis in the late 1930's and is a combination of the latin words "seri" meaning silk and "graphos" meaning "to draw". He created the word to distinguish the "fine art" screenprint from the industrial screenprint, with the hopes that the term "serigraph" would help in the acceptance of this printing technique as a fine art medium.