Self Portrait, 1981
color silk screen, ed. 20, 8 x 10"
Doing the studies in graphite for the self-portrait was easy and spontaneous. Self-portraits in direct image media are always an involvement psychologically and a look inward. However, I was not prepared to experience the hours and days of doing a self-portrait edition, even though there were only 20 in the edition. Working every day for six weeks, staring at 20 images that gradually emerged into form and definition from the application of 72 screenings of color, provided many personal thoughts long forgotten as well as new ones. The experience was not narcissistic, nor fun, but a catharsis, an emotional drain, and a new awareness. JP
about the artist
Price studied drawing at the College of San Mateo when he became fascinated with serigraphy. He received a MA from Stanford in 1970. That same year he joined the faculty of the College of San Mateo, teaching drawing and printmaking, and he remained there as a full professor until his retirement 24 years later.
He is known for his highly finished layered silk screens. He has work in many museums in the US and Europe.