Washington Printmakers Gallery Presents Cynthia Back R E L I E F

By Editorial Team on February 26, 2019

Sat, 02 March 2019 - Sun, 24 March 2019

Cynthia Back, Andes: Urban Panorama #2, 2-block reduction woodcuts, 16″ x 20″, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2 from 2pm to 5pm

The Washington Printmakers Gallery presents R E L I E F, Prints by Cynthia Back from February 28 to March 24, 2019 with a reception Saturday, March 2 from 2-5.

Cynthia Back’s new exhibit continues her exploration of the reduction relief process (also known as a suicide print) inspired by the excitement of travel.  In R E L I E F Back showcases work created after seeing colorful buildings nestled in the Andes, Central America, and along the English Channel. Interspersed with these images are prints reflecting fallen tree trunks encountered in parks and woodlands.  Each print has twelve to twenty-five layers of ink, starting with local color and leading to new palettes.

Cynthia Back is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation; residencies and fellowships to The Studios at Key West; The Nordic Artistsʼ Centre Dale, Norway; Womenʼs Studio Workshop, Blue Mountain Center, Acadia National Park, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation Ltd., Co. Mayo, Ireland, Fundacion Valparaiso, Spain, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, The Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work is included in numerous private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Newark Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and The New-York Historical Society.


  • Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm
  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
  • or by appointment

The exhibition is located at Washington Printmakers Gallery at 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For more information, visit http://www.washingtonprintmakers.com/.