Wednesday, 10 March 2010

USS VIRGINIA



"SSN 774" screenprint on Rives BFK paper 65 x 50 cm. edition size: 10 with 2 artist proofs

In 2004 I was engaged by the Navy League of Virginia to create a 'commissioning print' for the launch of the U.S. Navy's newest class of attack sub, USS Virginia. This ship marked a turning point in the development of undersea technology and warfare. I was asked to make a historic link to her namesake predecessor CSS Virginia, the civil war era first all-steel fighting ship.(1860 - 1864) Copies obtained of the original iron clad blueprints from the Maritime Museum in Virginia were incorporated into the background along with an image of the sub on her sea trials. Ten prints were editioned and presented to 10 repesentaives of the major contractors involved in her construction. VIPs such as Sen. John Warner of Virginia, Atlantic Fleet Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, and sponsor of the boat Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of former U.S. president Lyndon Johnson each recieved a work of art. The top image is a transparent oversheet, also screenprinted, to protect the signed artwork.

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