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The Oarsman at Nighttime
East Hampton, NY, 2015. Unique artist's book, one in a series of books centered on a contemporary mythical character (the artist / author) known as the "Oarsman" who has a myriad of journeys in his small rowboat, this on Richard de Bas paper, signed and dated by the author, Barry McCallion. Page size: 6-1/2 x 5 inches, 51 pages + titlepage and author's page and frontis, colophon, all of which are hand-painted or lettered. Bound: loose as issued in tan paper folio with black paper over boards portfolio with white paper printed with black flowers made by the artist, Barry McCallion; housed in tan cloth over boards clamshell box, made by Joelle Webber, title in red and black on spine label, artist's name in black, with Oarsman image on front panel. The artist, Barry McCallion, invented the character of the "Oarsman" in 1970 while residing in California with a series of poems / collages representing the Oarsman's speculative musings before beginning his journey. The resulting series of 35 books evolved over the ensuing 40 years reflect the artist's own growth as well as that of the "Oarsman." Earlier books depicted the voyager getting provisions (food and books) for his journey. Others featured islands visited; the style conforming to the content. In this book, the author / artist has worked text and drawings in white ink on black ink rectangles, allowing the reader / viewer to eavesdrop and observe the "Oarsman" in his journeys on land, on the sea, and across space. He - and we - are everyman, sharing the human condition. Through small delicate drawings, we nonetheless grasp the enormity of the subject matter through the artist's subtle use of negative space and the setting of night. A splendid artist's book, small in size, large in impact.
      [Bookseller: Priscilla Juvelis, Inc.]
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