Drawn Into Print: Kenneth J. Hale’s Recent Donation to the AP/RC

Kenneth J. Hale recently donated 115 drawings that he completed between 1973 and 1996. These watercolor, gouache, graphite, charcoal, ink, and collage drawings often correspond to prints that he created during those same years. In many cases the iconography that Hale invents slowly shifts as he exhausts one set of signs and symbols and invents another. The images reproduced below reflect on the relationship between his drawings and prints as well as the evolution of his imagery. In drawings like Untitled, 1990, #5, 1993, 5.22.93, 1993 several of the icons create a tapestry from which individual works are drawn. Hale pursues his images and ideas in a variety of formats and relationships, remaining ready to shift toward alternative solutions or return to older, familiar imagery.

~Michael Glenn

















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