Jack Tworkov began making prints in the mid-1960s. Experimenting over the years with a range of different print processes, he continued to make prints until his death in 1982, creating twenty-six works in total (of which nineteen are shown here). Many of these works were printed in very small editions and consequently rarely appear on the market; we are proud to be the representative of the artist's estate and to be presenting for sale this significant group of prints.
Tworkov's first prints were a series of five black and white lithographs printed in 1965 at Hollander Workshop on Tenth Street in New York (where many of his peers, including Willem de Kooning, Esteban Vicente and Philip Guston had produced notable prints). The first three works in the group related to Tworkov's "Barrier" paintings of the late 1950s and early 1960s and then, in "L#3" and "L#4", Tworkov created prints that relate directly to themes he was working on in his paintings at that time.
Tworkov was to create series of prints until the end of his life. They mirrored directly the changes taking place in his paintings. A series of silkscreens was printed in the early 1970s that matched his densely painted oils of those years; a fruitful relationship with Landfall Press in Chicago resulted in the printing of both lithographs and etchings exploring geometric themes; and a very productive visit to Tamarind Institute in New Mexico produced a series of eight lithographs that show Tworkov's development of themes in a series of works that relate closely to the paintings from the artist's "Alternative Series."
Tworkov's prints provide a condensed overview of the development of his late style of painting, which introduced a rigid geometric structure wherein Tworkov continued his characteristic gestural painterly brushwork. Loose grids appeared in Tworkov's paintings beginning in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. By 1968 strongly delineated grids of squares and diagonals start to define the picture surface; the gestural or painterly lines and color are still present but they are increasingly constrained within the geometric framework. Tworkov had been interested in mathematics for many years, and by using simple number sequences such as the Fibonacci series he was able to use these numerical 'rules' as the guideline for the structure of the print or painting. In many of the prints it is fascinating to see how Tworkov utilized the different print mediums to get the painterly feel he still wanted within the geometric forms; the light red lithographic wash in the background of "TL #8", the clusters of loosely etched parallel lines in "Intaglio Print #1", or the smoky aquatint ground in "LF-SF-E #4".
For more information on the work of Jack Tworkov please visit the website of the artist's estate; www.jacktworkov.com