Berkeley, Calif.: Saint Hieronymus Press. Distributed graphics by Dow and Frosini, 1975. 18" x 24" (first edition 1970 was in 3 colors only). This is the 3rd edition in 5 colors.
Artwork modified, color separations remade May 1, 1975. Five colors. Artwork modified, color separations remade A-Z: Artist's own use. All signed copies to The Poster, San Francisco May 1, 1975 Five colors Artwork modified, color separations remade A-Z: Artist's own use. Third edition of 4943 of which 100 copies are signed 1-100, 26 are signed A-Z as artist's proofs, and four sets are signed as progressives.
This poster says it all. After a bit of batting around, peering into this artistic style and that, trying them on for size, I settled on the Vienna Secession and the Jugendstil-the German Art Nouveau-as models. They, in turn, draw from the deep well of Japanese ukio-e woodblock prints of the Edo period, to which the West was exposed from the third quarter of the nineteenth century. The Velo-Sport design is bilaterally symmetrical, employs avian symbolism, contrasts light and heavy elements-the tiny bicyclists racing the great death-symbol steam locomotive-and cheerfully throws together two completely different kinds of perspective. My fascination with complementary colors, particularly blue and orange, may stem ultimately from childhood exposure to The Bookhouse Books, dating from 1920 and still-so far as I know-in print. To soften the transition from one area of color into the next, I adopted the soft grey or pale color outline motif from Otto Obermeier and Ludwig Hohlwein, though it was a common enough design element through the early part of this century. Item #16-3265