Tom Kristensen -- "Double Happy" -- #AP/50

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Artist Tom Kristensen (photo) (1962-present)
Title "Double Happy" #AP/50
Provenance Kristensen's Australian studio (photo)
Date 2006
Limited Edition #AP/50, pencil-signed by artist.
Series na
Publisher Self-carved/self-printed.
Seal, Carver/Printer Tom Kristensen
(self-carved/self-printed by artist)
Image Size 6 7/8 x 10 5/8
(plus WIDE margins)
Impression Very Fine. Deeply pigmented.
Printed on thick Japanese kozo washi paper, using Japanese pigments, gum, and rice-paste.
Condition Pristine.
Reference/Illus Although not a "Made in Japan" woodblock-- Kristensen is self-trained in Japanese carving/printing techniques, and all of Tom's prints are made using only Japanese papers, pigments, and tools. Here are a few photos Tom sent to us taken inside his studio. Kristensen is clearly a very talented and creative artist/printmaker.
Comments The bold red Chinese character meaning "double happiness" is an auspicious emblem displayed at weddings and is also the logo for a leading brand of Chinese cigarettes. With well over 750 McDonald's outlets in China, McDonalds has extended its brand awareness throughout China with its double arches and the Big Mac, the burger with double everything. A "Limited Edition" totalling ONLY 50 prints. With Kristensen's new series of "American Presidents" prints, Kristensen has vaulted himself into popularity and discovered immediate success--reporting his first design of Barack Obama has quickly become "sold out."
Item # EG-012 #AP/50
Price $175 (Sold/NM)