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Phoenix for Gordon

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Frank Boyden, Phoenix for Gordon, 2001, color lift ground etching and drypoint on paper, Gift of the Artist, © 2001 Frank Boyden, 2001.76

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Title

Phoenix for Gordon

Artist

Frank Boyden (American, born 1942)

Related People

inspired by: Gordon W. Gilkey (American, 1912-2000)

print publisher: Frank Boyden (American, born 1942)

print publisher: Frank Boyden (American, born 1942)

Date

2001

Medium

color lift ground etching and drypoint on paper

Edition

1/60

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 14 3/4 in x 10 3/4 in; sheet: 22 1/4 in x 15 in

Inscriptions & Markings

inscription: In graphite, below platemark, l.l., "1/60 Phoenix for Gordon"; l.l., artist's chopmark

signature/maker's mark: In graphite, below platemark, l.l., "F. Boyden"

Collection Area

Graphic Arts; Northwest Art

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of the Artist

Accession Number

2001.76

Copyright

© 2001 Frank Boyden

Terms

drypoint

drypoints

etching

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

Description

The Phoenix, a sacred fire-bird, is found in the mythologies of many cultures, including the Greeks. Herodotus, writing in the fifth century BCE, notes that its plumage "is partly golden and partly red. He is most like an eagle in shape and size," and that the marvelous creature lives for five hundred years, and then dies, only to be reborn from its own ashes. In this way, the Phoenix has been a symbol of immortality and rebirth.

Artist Frank Boyden calls upon this long mythological tradition in his tribute to Gordon Gilkey (1912-2000), an indefatigable collector and professor, and the much beloved first curator of graphic arts at the Portland Art Museum.

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