Works on Paper      Professional Framing Services

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Fine Impressions Gallery is a fine art print gallery offering a wide selection of original antique and contemporary handmade prints and other works on paper, including watercolors and drawings. We have something for every interest, including architecture, botanicals, maps, birds, historical subjects, literary subjects, satire, costumes, and much more. Our professional framing services will protect and display your artwork, providing a lifetime of enjoyment.

Serving the
Northwest
art community
since 1981

Gallery Hours:
Tues-Sat 11-5
or by appointment

"Letter E" Samuel Meyrick
Illuminated Letter 1824  
8300 5th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-784-5270

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WRITING AND THE ART OF PRINTMAKING
The artworks featured here illustrate the interrelationship of writing and art.

Writing evolved from the picture writing of ancient civilizations, to the invention of the alphabet by the Greeks,and finally to the word-based system we use today.

The boundary between pictures and writing is less clear when images are used to communicate important information symbolically,
as often seen in religious and cultural art.


“Ile de Philae”(detail)
Jollois et Devilliers
Copperplate Engraving
1809-13



“Tibetan Thangka:
Buddha Patch”
Artist Unknown
Painting



“Illuminated
Manuscript”
Artist Unknown
Ink on Vellum



“mmmmm...”(bookplate)
Chris Nowicki
HC Mezzotint



“America Whistles”
Edward Ruscha
Lithograph 1976



“Dept. dela Sarthe”
Victor LeVasseur
Copperplate Engraving 1847

The eighteenth century saw the development of the “beautiful writing” of calligraphy. Bickham’s examples of complex, flowing calligraphy were expertly engraved backwards on copper, using mirrors, since the images are reversed when printed. These engravers produced examples of various penmanship styles which were copied by the educated class to improve their handwriting and for writing of important documents. The samples often include words of wisdom on topics such as honesty, truth, liberty, and virtue.


“On Liberty”
George Bickham
Copperplate Engraving
1741



“Alphabet Tree:
Z”
Sam Hamrick
Linocut 2010



“House Blessing”
Artist Unknown
Calligraphy and
Watercolor 19th cent.

We admire the skillful intertwining of words and art in the illustrated book and the print’s important role in communication throughout history.


“Lily”
Kono Bairei
Japanese Woodblock
1880



“Aesop's Fables:
The Crow and the Pitcher”
Sarah Chamberlain
Woodcut



“La Sauce
Mayonnaise”
David Lance Goines
Lithograph 1970

NEW IN THE GALLERY


“La Perouse Bay (Maui)”
David Harrison
Watercolor 2014


“Perfect Day”
Stephen McMillan
Aquatint








“Jupiter and the Brothers”
John Moilanen
Oil on Canvas 2014






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