About The Artist:
Sheldon 'Shelly' Fink
Sheldon Fink was born in Brooklyn in 1925. He won his first prize in art at the age of five --- the Wannamaker First Prize Gold Medal. He has continued to gain major recognition in his adult life winning Tiffany Foundation grants in 1957 for painting, and in 1963 for Etching. He has had one-man shows at the Albany Art Insttute, the Berkshire Art Museum, the Lenox Library, and in New York City. Mr. Fink's work is in the permanent collection of...
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About The Medium:
The printing process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio (incised) in the metal. In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where they want a line to appear in the finished piece, exposing the bare metal. The plate is then put through a high-pressure printing press together with a sheet of paper (often moistened to soften it). The paper picks up the ink from the etched lines, making a print.