The Builders by John Doyle
Through June 13, 2020
This installation is now on view in the atrium gallery of the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center during building hours. There is no cost to view this installation.
About the Display
In celebration of the Month of Printmaking 2020, we are featuring "The Builders" by John Doyle from our permanent collection. This series of 10 lithographs provides an excellent example of the media.
The Month of Printmaking, also known as Mo’Print, is a biennial celebration of the art of making original prints to inspire, educate and promote awareness about the medium in the Denver Metropolitan area, the Front Range region, and throughout Colorado.
Invented in 1796, lithography relies on the mutual repulsion of oil and water, and in its early days was the only method that allowed for affordable, high-quantity reproduction of images drawn directly on the printing surface. Later, similar techniques were expanded to include printing "lithographically" from metal plates and sheets, and using images created from photographs. These photo-based techniques were the mainstay of commercial printing throughout most of the 20th century.
Learn more about regional events, exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations at MoPrint.org.
Story of "The Builders"
This 1983 portfolio consists of ten five-color hand printed stone lithographs printed on BFK Rives paper and ten monochrome images (not on view), printed on hand made paper. These are number 10 in the edition of 150. Individual cultures are presented by a pair of images (one color and one monochrome) and a legend sheet explaining history and symbolism. A justification sheet with information about the creation of the suite, handmade paper on which the images are printed, and master printer and paper maker is included. The Builders lithograph series is a visual interpretation of man's most enduring record of civilization, architecture. The structures presented are houses to live in, places to govern in, shrines to worship in, and tombs to be buried in. Doyle presents them as reflections man's hopes and aspirations, both physical and spiritual.
About the Artist
John L. Doyle (1939-2010) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He received his bachelors degree at the Art Institute of Chicago, and his masters degree at Northern Illinois University. Doyle has had more than 50 one man national exhibitions, participated in more than 30 national and international group exhibitions, and is the recipient of more than 32 awards, including purchase prizes. He is listed in Who's Who in American Art.
John L. Doyle's art reflects his fascination with the human condition. For over a decade, previous to creating the art displayed below, Doyle studied ethnology and anthropology. The product of this study is a visual recording of what Doyle learned and set down in drawings. The drawings became the foundation for lithograph series' which developed into a life's work art project which Doyle titled The Great Human Race. The art visually records categorical statements about civilization. The presentation is about the cultural development of particular disciplines such as Medicine, Law, Archiecture, and Business.