These wood engravings are by Gerard Brender à Brandis, most carved as white light into the black “canvas” of a wood block. He is well known for his painstaking precision. (Above: One of his color engravings, Kettledrums)
He restores, with exacting detail, the small, forgotten wonderments of the world around us: an abandoned barn; an empty room glimpsed through a doorway; a solitary beetle; a single flower. The stark contrast of black and white throws every subject into vivid relief, bringing out the intense and immediate power of simple structures, their pure, unenhanced lines. –Artist Biography (Above: Cape Race, Nfld /Below: Positive Organ)
Gower St., St.Johns
Born in the Netherlands Gerard Brender à Brandis came to Canada with his family in 1947. After completing his B.A. in Fine Arts History at McMaster University, in 1965, he has been represented in international private and public collections including: The National Gallery, Ottawa; The Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton; The Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh; The Missouri Botanic Garden and The Arnold Arboretum, Boston.
The website of Gerard Brender à Brandis, here.
A large selection of his work at The Art Exchange, here.