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Drawing for SAM’s Silver Service Commission

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Drawing for SAM’s Silver Service Commission


John Marshall

American, born 1936

"I constantly relate my drawing and my two-dimensional skill of engraving and chasing to three-dimensional form….The drawing is a point of departure, but a craftsman should always listen to the metal as he works it. I am fascinated by what can happen to a surface that brings out another aspect of drawing. Lines, whether they’re put down with a pencil, a chasing tool or an engraving tool, play with the eye and allow the eye to dart in and out. What’s especially nice with metal is that you can engrave a line into the piece of metal and then light makes it." (John Marshall, 1990-1991)

Color pencil, pencil, dry marker, water color, tempera paint
The Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff Endowment for the Decorative Arts
Not currently on view

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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