Veracity With Earth, 1975
color lithograph, ed. 30, 21 7/8 x 29 3/4"
In 1968 I made a painting (now in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC) titled 'Veracity' which was a very loose variation on Vermeer's picture, 'The Artist in the Studio' at the Vienna Knusthistorisches Museum. Of course, I replaced Vermeer's artist, presumably a self portrait, with an image of myself. This color lithograph is taken from that painting but is almost as far from it as my painting was from the Vermeer. The print was made at the Tamarind Lithography workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is one of a group I made there in which I tried to get a full chromatic range including optical blacks from press runs of only red, yellow and blue. JMc
about the artist
James McGarrell’s work is intense dramatic, multilayered cultural references. He is both a realist and fantasist. He is often referred to as a post-modern realist.