Frank Stella
mixed media

An original hand-signed Frank Stella mixed media print.


Screenprint, lithograph, linocut in colors, with hand-coloring, marbling and collage on T.H. Sanders and Somerset papers

Hand-signed and dated in pencil lower right F. Stella ’88.

A superb impression of the definitive state, from the edition of 60, numbered in pencil also lower right (there were 14 additional proofs of various types, for an overall edition of 74). One of seven mixed-media prints from The Waves II series, published by Waddington Graphics, London, 1989; portions of the print printed at Frank Stella’s studio, New York, Trestle Editions, New York, and Brand X, New York.

Catalog: Catalogue reference: Axsom 193.

73 ½ x 52 ¾ inches

Sheet Size: 73 ½ x 52 ¾ inches

Frank Stella, one of the world’s leading artists working today, created his thirteen Waves prints between 1988–89. Each is named for a different chapter of Herman Melville’s masterpiece “Moby-Dick”. Stella’s abstract style gives each of these works a tantalizing, suggestive relation to the chapter for which it is named. Stella’s Waves series was originally released in groups of six (The Waves I-1988) and seven (The Waves II-1989). Waves are multi-media prints, combining such diverse media as silkscreen, lithography, linoleum block, hand-coloring, marbling, and collage. They are abstract in style, vivid in color, and imposing in size.
Over a period of twelve years – from 1985 to 1997 – Frank Stella produced a major series of works in various media that are linked to “Moby Dick”. It is the artist’s most extensive project and an epic achievement in the history of twentieth-century art. Stella made one or more works for each of the novel’s 135 chapters, two non-narrative sections, and epilogue. The completed series consists of 266 works: over a hundred painted and unpainted metal reliefs, nine freestanding sculptures, an architectural mural, collages, and thirty-eight large-scale mixed-media prints that are technically and expressively a stunning accomplishment in the history of modern prints.