International Wood Engraving Invitational

Abigail Rorer’s engravings are included in the two part wood engraving invitational at the
Davidson Galleries
313 Occidental Avenue south
Seattle, WA 98104
December 2013 through January 2014

Davidson Galleries is excited to present over 150 antique and contemporary wood engravings from around the world. This invitational exhibition will show contemporary work from more than 50 such artists working in North America, Europe and Asia. Several impressions of a wide variety of subjects will be available, allowing you to take home your new print the same day!

The modern technique of wood engraving dates back to the 18th century, when Thomas Bewick first used it to rapidly produce high-quality yet inexpensive images by incising an image into the end-grain of a hard piece of wood. In the following centuries, as cheap and readily-available books proliferated, the importance of wood engraving as a creative process declined. By the end of the 19th century, photography all but displaced wood engraving as a means of producing images for publication. However, in the 20th and 21st centuries, wood engraving has experienced a renaissance, and today it functions as a creative and vital artistic medium used by contemporary artists working around the globe.