Scott McKowen

Scratchboard Engravings by Scott McKowen
Opening Sunday July 28, 1-3 pm
On view to October 6, 2013

Sponsored by B&S Construction

Gallery Stratford is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by Scott McKowen, a prolific scratchboard illustrator who has established an international career specializing in theatre posters and book covers.

In a world of digital images and wireless communication, scratchboard is something of a throwback. The graphic opposite of black lines drawn on white paper, scratchboard is an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. Popular in the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s for book and newspaper illustration, scratchboard evolved from the great engraving traditions – wood engraving dating back to the 15th century, and steel engraving in the late 19th century.  While scratchboard is black and white, many illustration assignments require final art in full color. This exhibition features examples of all stages of the process – idea books, pencil sketches, original engravings, and examples of the final color art as it appeared in print.

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