Rick Barton

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Rick Barton
San Francisco Churches.
Portfolio of linoleum block prints.
Closed: 17 1/4 x 11 7/16 inches (43.8 x 29 cm)
Gift of William and Norma Anthony. NNPM
Porpoise Bookshop, San Francisco; William Anthony. NNPM

Edition of 80.
Little is known about Barton, who appears to have been an influential figure among a small coterie of gay Beat artists in San Francisco in the 1950s and 60s. Raised in New York City, he received some formal art training and was a voracious autodidact. Influenced by Chinese line painting and scrolls, which he encountered on a visit to China in the 1940s, he worked primarily in ink. This is one of a number of portfolios of linoleum block prints by Barton that were printed by Henry Evans at San Francisco's Peregrine Press. Churches appear to have been some of his favorite subjects; his unique style of line drawing was particularly well-suited to the depiction of architectural detail and elaborate sculptural ornamentation.

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