Polly’s in the studio

Polly Apfelbaum  was very busy in the Durham Press studio last week. Polly has been working on a new series of Rainbow prints- this set of 4 prints uses the same 32 colors and 130 wooden sticks.

Split Ribbons 1 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

Split Ribbons 2 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″ 

Split Ribbons 3 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

Split Ribbons 4 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 1/4″ x 69 3/4″

The process of making the prints is shown in the snapshots below. Polly starts by selecting a color palate, the the individual wooden sticks are inked, Polly then creates an arrangment or pattern for the colors, the inked sticks are placed into the jig according to the order, the paper is loaded into the etching press and an impression is made. The prints are then placed on a drying rack for several weeks until the ink is completely dry. Click here to watch a video of the etching press in action. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

New York Foundation for the Arts recently intereviewed Polly in her New York studio. Polly discusses beauty, color, her career, challenges and her new work and recent exhibitions. Click here to watch the great interview video.


New Dogwood Alley prints by Polly Apfelbaum

Dogwood Alley 2 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 32″ x 68″

Dogwood Alley 7 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 32″ x 68″

Dogwood Alley 9 | 2011, Woodblock Monoprint, 32″ x 68″

Polly Apfelbaum was at Durham Press in late January working on new Dogwood Alley black and white monoprints. A total of 8 prints were created during Polly’s visit. One Dogwood Alley was created in 2010 making a total of 9 unique prints. The monoprints are made with woodblocks that are handmade cross sections of various Dogwood tree branches and trunks from Bucks County, PA. Each block is individually inked and then placed by Polly. The print then makes 1 pass through the American French Tool Etching Press. The prints are then curated and put on drying racks for several weeks until the ink is fully dry. Please contact Durham Press for additional images and information [email protected].

Woodblocks- Dogwood tree branches and trunks

woodblocks and press

Printing Dogwood Alley- January 2011


COLOR NOTES: Polly Apfelbaum Prints at Locks Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s Color Notes will be exhibited at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia February 3 – 25, 2010. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Philagrafika, Philadelphia’s celebration of printmaking in Contemporary Art. Color Notes is a beautiful survey of the large-scale monoprints entitled Parks that Apfelbaum has been making at Durham Press over the past eight years. The Parks measure 79 inches square and range from iconic flowers, complex stripes, playful zig zags to dense fields of organic dots. The exhibition will also showcase a selection of smaller works, including her most recent edition Color Field Notes.

Each of the massive monoprints in this exhibition is made from hundreds of individually cut and inked woodblocks. They are arranged loosely or in jigs, then embossed with a large hydrualic press into a dense sheet of handmade Japanese paper. The results are breathtaking, especially at this scale, and push the print beyond its expected boundaries. As with Apfelbaum’s large floor installations, these prints explore and celebrate the endless connections between color, sequencing, rhythm and shape.

All of the prints were created and published at Durham Press. Apfelbaum has worked and collaborated with Jean-Paul Russell since 2001. Durham Press is a fine art print publisher based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1988 Durham Press has been making edition contemporary prints with influential artists from around the world.

For more information please contact Ann Marshall at [email protected] or call 610-346-6133.

Installation images courtesy of Locks Gallery


Polly Apfelbaum @ New Mexico Museum of Art


This week we shipped out Polly Apfelbaum’s Lover’s Leap 13 to the New Mexico Museum of Art, where it will be a part of an exhibition titled Flower Power: A Subversive Botanical.

According to the New Mexico Museum of Art website:

Flower Power will examine anti-war sentiments, anti-establishment demands, class realignments, gender divisions, and utopian desires associated with the single petal, daisy flower that was an icon of the 1960s.

The show will run from February 1, 2008 to May 11, 2008. For more information, visit www.mfasantafe.org

Series of limited edition buttons the Museum is having made based on artworks from the show.

Today is the last day of Polly Apfelbaum’s show at The Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The show, comprised of six of her large-scale Love Park monoprints and four of her smaller Baby Loves, looked incredible in the first floor exhibition space at Locks.



The show also garnered good reviews from some of the local Philadelphia print and online publications, including The Philadephia Inquirer, The Bulletin, and Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s ArtBlog. Be on the lookout for Polly’s next exhibition at Blancpain Art Contemporain in Switzerland. The exhibition will be a three person show featuring Polly’s work alongside that of Goldiechiari and Veronica Janssens. The show will run from November 10, 2007 to January 12, 2008.