Kathleen M. SPAGNOLO

Kathleen Spagnolo was largely undiscovered by national audiences until 2016, when curator Katharine Malcolm organized the exhibition “Undiscovered Printmakers: Hidden Treasures at Georgetown University Library” which took place at the University’s Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Gallery. Born in England in 1919, she moved to Virginia after World War II where she met her husband while she was serving in the Royal Air Force. She was well-versed in a number of printmaking media, but her talent was recognized mostly for her incredible ability in simultaneous color printing, also known as multi-color viscosity printing. Developed by famed printmaker Stanley Hayter at Atelier 17, this form of printmaking allows the artist to print color etching plates with multiple colors at the same time. Spagnolo’s prints are rich with color and dimension, combining abstract forms with three dimensional spaces to create a special sense of depth in her imagery. Spagnolo’s work is in collections around the Washington D.C. region and is being increasingly recognized as simultaneous color printing gains desirability with the re-emergence of mid-century modern style.  To discover an overview of her prints, look for the section about her work on this page from Georgetown.

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