In the 1950s and 1960s, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, commissioned illustrator Norman Rockwell to create scenes reflecting American family life for its national advertising campaign. These popular images appeared in such leading publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Time and Newsweek. Many of Rockwell’s Stockbridge neighbors and the artist himself appear as models in the series. The images constitute the largest group of works created by the artist for any single commission.According to an article in the Cañon City Daily Record, the Rockwell originals do not travel, but this traveling show is organized and authorized through the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
(Pueblo, Colo.) Lynn Stenzel, award-winning master artist, announced the release of her abstract serigraphy series Metamorphosis. Known for her large landscape and skyscape acrylic paintings, Stenzel's Metamorphosis series features her earlier work submitted as her creative thesis for a master of arts degree at Adams State College in 1979 and additional prints created through 1989.
Serigraphy is a form of printmaking that produces multiple images of original works of art through the use of a stencil process. When ink is spread across the screen, the stencil blocks the passage of ink. The open areas of the screen not blocked by the stencil allow the ink to be pressed through the silk, registering on the paper below. This process is then repeated for each shape and color placed one over another. Stenzel's Metamorphosis series range from eight to twenty-four color processes per edition.
Stenzel was drawn to serigraphy printmaking, with its multiple layers and applications, as a platform to visually represent her own self transformation. She incorporated precise clean-cut lines, simple, large planes of color and subtle value changes of color to achieve a visual sense of balance, order and symmetry. Most of her serigraphs are characterized by a use of transparent color, made luminous and subdued by an underlay of silver.
Stenzel's series also explores long suppressed feelings, contradictory pulls of the female roles of mother, wife, artist, and the loss of health, specifically a diagnosis with Systemic Lupus Ethematosus (SLE). Stenzel used subtle imagery to interpret feelings, memories, dreams and perceptions that she explored in diaries and therapy sessions. The butterfly, seen throughout many of her prints, embodies the female form while the circle explores the conscious reality, fears and conflicts of the inner self. It also represents the sun and relates to lupus. Many patients have a sun sensitivity and prolonged exposure can trigger a relapse of the illness. The circle also provides a means for movement toward a feeling of health and wholeness. The metamorphosis of a butterfly is an analogy for her series of life changes as a woman. It also marks a correlation to lupus. A butterfly mark often appears on the faces of those with lupus. Stenzel uses the abstract female form to represent the self and the fragmentation of the female role. Also, the majority of lupus sufferers are women.
Unfortunately, the oil based transparent inks Stenzel used became a health hazard. She attempted to use alternative paints and inks, but ultimately gave all of her paints away and returned to square one, pencil drawings. Today, Stenzel is inspired by the plains and dramatic stormy skies of Kansas, Southern Colorado and New Mexico and captures this vastness through her large landscape and skyscape paintings.
Limited edition prints from Metamorphosis are available for purchase online at mkt.com/stenzel-fine-art and Stenzel's studio at 421 N Main Street, Suite 212 in Pueblo. Call 719-252-9559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.