NUDES:  SOFT GROUND ETCHINGS
Limited edition soft ground etchings drawn using soft ground technique and hand printed from copper plates.

NUDE FIGURE WORK



COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
NUDES
Soft Ground etchings

24 etchings
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Just about every time I mention that I print etchings someone will come up with this phrase. The etchings here are a follow on to the Fallen Angel Nudes and Figure paintings of the last 24 months. I have used soft ground in order to keep the drawing on the plate more like pencil drawing as opposed to the harsher line drawing that is a characteristic of hard ground etching.
SOFT GROUND ETCHING
This variation of etching differs from what mainstream etching in that the wax resist rolled over the copper plate to protect it from the acid never sets. Hard ground has to be removed with a fine point or needle and the print is characterised by fine lines; tones are conveyed by a parallel or criss crossing lines (hatching) and depth (controlled by the length of time the plate is bitten). Soft ground is far closer to the natural action of drawing with a pencil. Thin paper or tissue is laid over the wax ground and the image is drawn with a pencil - the texture of the paper presses into the wax and when it is removed the wax will stick to the paper leaving the drawn lines on the plate exposed to the acid. A limited amount of tonal control can be achieved by the pressure of drawing and this can then be overdrawn and bitten further.

WHAT IS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT?
The terms Limited Edition Print, Original Print, and Reproduction Print are often confusing. Printing has always been associated with the mass production of the written word or image and so the phrase original print seems a contradiction in terms.
Printmaking as a form of fine art has become distinctly separate from printing as the process of reproducing multiple images.  
Printmaker is the term used to describe an artist who works directly with the medium that will be printed from; as opposed to reproducing an image created in another medium.
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All original etchings on this site are drawn, etched and hand pulled by Colin Bailey.
All reproduction giclee prints on this site are scanned from Colin Bailey’s own original paintings and printed by Colin Bailey.
WHAT ARE ETCHINGS?
Etching is one of the oldest and most satisfying forms of printmaking and in the hands of a expert can deliver intricacies of line and tone unrivalled by any other printing process.
Etchings are the prints produced by etching an image on a copper or zinc plate, using acid, filling the textures of the image with ink and then printing it on to paper by running it through a heavy press.
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One of the foremost figurative artists working today, Lucian Freud (British, born Germany 1922) has redefined portraiture and the nude through his unblinking scrutiny of the human form. Although best known as a painter, etching has become integral to his practice.  Freud is not a traditional printmaker. He treats the etching plate like a canvas, standing the copper upright on an easel. He typically depicts the same sitters in etching as in painting, always working directly from his models and demarcating their forms through meticulous networks of finely etched lines. But with their figures dramatically cropped or isolated against empty backgrounds, Freud's etchings achieve a startling new sense of psychological tension and formal abstraction.
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FALLEN ANGEL
Limited edition soft ground etching  
5” x 10”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £95
WOUNDED KNEE
Limited edition soft ground etching  
9.6” x 4.8”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £90
UP THE WALL
Limited edition soft ground etching  
7.5’ x 5”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £75
BASKING
Limited edition soft ground etching  
9” x 6”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £85
HAND UP
Limited edition soft ground etching  
9’ x 6”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £90
ON THE BEACH
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
9.6” x 4.8”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £90
NUDE HOLDING LEG
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
12’ x 8” Edition of 50
Unframed: £120
TOP OF THE STAIRS
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
12’ x 8” Edition of 50
Unframed: £115
PINUP
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
9’ x 6” Edition of 50
Unframed: £90
WATCHING PAINT DRY
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
7.2” x 7.2”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £85
SALOME ALONE
Limited edition soft ground etching  
12” x 8”  Edition of 40
Unframed: £140
SALOME TUMBLING
Limited edition soft ground etching  
12’ x 8”  Edition of 40
Unframed: £140
CONTEMPLATION
Limited edition soft ground etching  
5” x 6”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £65
THE HUNCH 2
Limited edition soft ground etching  
5 x 6”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £65
STRETCH
Limited edition soft ground etching  
5” x 6”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £65
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
Limited edition soft ground etching  
7” x 4.7”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £75
TWIST AGAIN
Limited edition soft ground etching  
7.3’ x 4.9”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £75
TWISTER
Limited edition soft ground etching  
6.8’ x 7.2”  Edition of 50
Unframed: £85
TORSO 1
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
6’ x 4” Edition of 50
Unframed: £75
THE HUNCH
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
9’ x 6” Edition of 50
Unframed: £90
NUDE TOUCHING KNEE
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
9’ x 6” Edition of 50
Unframed: £80
TORSO 2
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
6’ x 4” Edition of 25
Unframed: £75
LYING TORSO
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
6’ x 4” Edition of 50
Unframed: £75
BOARD STIFF
Limited edition Soft ground etching  
8’ x 4” Edition of 35
Unframed: £75