A 5,000 mile drive in late May through Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Utah yielded a cornucopia of prints that cascaded from the studio of Wayne Kimball in Springville, Utah. I had been corresponding with him for several years about the AP/RC. He was enthusiastic about the collection and strongly encouraged me to make a trip to his home-studio. In Springville, I could not count everything he donated but a later inventory at the museum in Lubbock totaled well over 570 works. Among this rich group of prints were several portfolios consisting of all the separation proofs, color separation proofs and progressive proofs of individual prints. In all cases these proofs were accompanied by precise, typewritten documentation. A selection from the 33 proofs for PORTRAITS OF A MAN AND HIS HORSE, the horse having bitten the man, are reproduced above.
Kimball’s meticulous and virtuoso lithographic skills meld with a wry and persistent sense of humor. When one looks at his work you are not sure whether to plunge into an intellectual discourse or laugh. But why choose?