Prints of Industry (2009)

I’ve always been interested in a person or a cultures relationship to industry.  This is probably due to my growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  A couple of years back I did this series of small linoleum cuts focusing on the subject of the worker in steel and textile.  I wanted to try my hand at realism in relief printmaking.  All the images were redrawn from black and white photographs found on the internet using a grid process, then carved.  “Two Women Sorting The Inventory” and “Factory Woman” were done by first printing the block in yellow ink, and then slightly offsetting the block in black.  I haven’t printed editions for many of these blocks mainly because they were studies.  Also, I often get way too ahead of myself as far as making new images in relation to printing editions.  I usually have to come back to things later in order to print a full edition.  That will probably happen with these.

1/4           The Soulless Machine       2009

Plate: 3″ x 4″, Plate: 8 1/4″ x 10 1/2″

A/P 1/2                         Kids                          2009

Plate: 5 1/2″ x 5″

A/P 1/3   A Pittsburgh Street Scene In The Rain  2009

Plate: 8″ x 6″

1/4                             Untitled                       2009

Plate: 8″ x 6″, Paper: 12″ x 10 1/2″

A/P   Two Women Sorting The Inventory  2009

Plate: 3″ x 5″

A/P       Factory Woman       2009

Plate: 3″ x 5″

A/P 1/5                     The Furnace                    2009

Plate: 5″ x 4″

A/P 1/4                   The Furnace #2                  2009

Plate: 5″ x 4″

A/P              Woman Working           2009

Plate: 3″ x 4″

Copyright © 2011 by Drew Kail

5 thoughts on “Prints of Industry (2009)”

    1. I’m so glad! I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and remember the effects that the steel industry had on our culture. Because of this I am always fascinated by the human relationship to industrialism and technological advancement.


  1. Your print ‘The Furnace’ reminds me of the ‘open hearth’ furnaces I worked around at Great Lakes Steel in Detroit in the late 60’s. It was like something out of the Industrial Revolution. Steel pouring like lava, etc.


    1. I got the print from an old photograph I found on the web and then redrew it. I’ve always been fascinated by the individuals interaction with industrialism and technology. I think it’s because I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania right at the end of the Steel industry. Thanks for making me the artist of the day.

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