Dan Welden has been a pioneer of alternative printmaking since 1970. Nationally and internationally recognized master printmaker, he was the first artist to initiate Solarplate and water-based monotype workshops, placing him squarely in the vanguard of healthy and safe creative practice.
As co-author of ‘PRINTMAKING IN THE SUN’ and director of Hampton Editions, Ltd., his 50-plus years of collaboration include artists such as Willem de Kooning, Eric Fischl, Kiki Smith, and Dan Flavin. He has received international recognition through his residencies in China, Belgium, Cuba, Peru New Zealand, Australia, and other countries.
With 100 solo exhibitions to date, including the paramount exhibitor at the Cape Cod Museum of Art and travels to 53 countries, he was awarded a ‘lifetime achievement award’ from A/E Foundation in New York; a title of Professor Emeritus from Escuela de Bellas Artes in Cusco, Peru and most recently a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant.
"The series “Aesop’s Fables” is a series of symbolic gestures that employ visual opposites, including the hare and the tortoise and the grasshopper and the ant, as metaphors for the Yin Yang philosophy. Resurrecting 50-year-old found zinc etching plates that had oxidized beyond redemption, Welden created these works which are a tour-de-force of formal, yet enigmatic power. Making his own tools, the artist employed dry point lines, salt etch, ink, paper, and a press to subject the dilapidated plates to a maelstrom of mark-making gestures.
“The Color Sequel” consists of a hybrid series of images, augmented with acrylic, watercolor, and crayon." *courtesy of The Ink Shop