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Teresa James' 'The Fellowship of Grace and Glory' at printworks through May 10

4-color etching with aquatint
Teresa James

Teresa James’ The Fellowship of Grace and Glory exhibition is on view at Printworks through May 10, 2014. The gallery is located in the heart of Chicago’s venerable River North gallery district at 311 West Superior Street, suite 105.

The exhibition is comprised of a series of seventeen relatively small and intimate color etchings with aquatint and photo-gravure passages. The prints exist in small editions, ranging in size from nine to thirteen.

The inspiration for her work is found at the intersection of the iconography of Catholic faith, northern as well as Italian renaissance painting, and American folk art. Winged hands are a recurring and dominant motif, some of the hands appearing gloved and/or tattooed, exploring an aesthetic not unlike that of fellow Chicago artist Ellen Greene and her painted tattoo gloves. The wings are suggestive of ‘upward mobility’ and evoke a spiritual experience, lifting humanity into the heavens.

The etchings are technically refined, demonstrating James’ mastery of the medium, and the shaped plates ad to the understated elegance of the images. She has honed this mastery for years, first as master printer at Tony Fitzpatrick’s Big Cat Press, and since 2002 at her own studio in Chicago’s historic Logan Square neighborhood; White Wings Press. James’ press has published editions for several noted printmakers, including Tony Fitzpatrick, Michael Krueger, Chris Uphues, Fred Stonehouse, Audrey Niffeneger, and Tom Huck.

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