Northern California Coast

Date 2023
Technique Wood Engraving
Price $350.00
Exhibitor The Annex Galleries
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Northern California Coast is a woodengraving created in 2023 by American artist Richard Wagener. It is pencil signed, titled and editioned 4/21 on the recto and title in pencil on the verso. Northern California Coast was printed by the artist on smooth, ivory Zerkall wove paper and the image measures 2-15/16 x 5-15/16 inches. Northern California Coast will be illustrated in the soon-to-be-released book, From California, which will feature the poetry of Dana Gioia. From California will be published in April 2024 by The Book Club of California. In 2015, Gioia was named the California State Poet Laureate and held the post until 2018.

This landform is part of the Sonoma Coast State Beach located near Goat Rock and the coastal town of Jenner, California in Sonoma County near the mouth of the Russian River. This is a very scenic shoreline with easily accessible sandy beaches.

Richard Wagener was born in Texicana, Arkansas in 1944. He grew up in southern California, spending time with his grandfather in remote parts of the desert and up in the Sierra mountain range. Early art classes introduced him to Maynard Dixon and Edgar Payne and his after-school activities included selling the evening newspapers at the Disney studios, where he met many of the illustrators and animators. Wagener studied biology at the University of San Diego and earned an M.F.A. in painting from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Wagener established the imprint Mixolydian Editions for his own fine press projects. He collaborated with David Pascoe of Nawakum Press, Santa Rosa, California, co-publishing three fine press books, one of which, Loom, earned the 2016 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design. Wagener has also produced a number of engraved bookplates that have been collected internationally. He designed the logo for the XXVII FISAE Congress held in Boston in 2000. His bookplates have been featured in Print Magazine; “Contemporary Ex-Libris Artists,” an article by James Keenan, that was published in Portugal in 2003; California Bookplates by Robert Dickover, published by the Book Club of California in 2006; and Three Centuries of the American Bookplate by James Goode, the catalog accompanying a show of bookplates at the University of Virginia from 2010.

A notable American wood engraver, Wagener's works are held in over 100 public collections in the United States and England. He was awarded the Oscar Lewis Award for contributions to the book arts.