MIHAIL

PRINTS

Mihail’s prints on paper could be defined to these day by three main periods: Works printed in Tunisia (1965-1071), works printed in New York (1971-1976), and works printed in Millbrook, NY (1989-1993). In Tunisia and in New York the artist printed from carved plaster plates without the use of a press. The Tunisian prints, light and colorful embody the culture of old Cartagena and manifest the first appearance of his Sunday Morning Elements and their vocabulary of images that later on the artist developed in large bronze and paper sculptures. In contrast the New York prints are severe and subdued in colors, occupying their space resolutely and with intensity right to the edges reflecting the artist state of mind at that time. The Millbrook prints, joyful and decorative are printed from masonite or copper plates under heavy press. This presentation reverses the artist journey going back to Tunisia where Mihail first tasted freedom after life under communist dictatorship and where the abundance of light, color and humanity imbedded forever his sense of sculptural form.

1989-1993 The artist’s Old Winery studio in Millbrook, New York

COMPANIONS, 1990 Double print. Printed in colors to the edges on Arches paper from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, signed in pencil. 44 x 60 in. (112 x 152 cm.)

BLUE WARTHOG, 1991 Printed in colors from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist¹s proof, printed to the edges, signed in pencil. 30 x 44 in. (77 x 112 cm.)

CAST THE SLEEPING ELEPHANT, 1991 Printed in colors from a masonite plate on Arches paper, inscribed AP, an artist¹s proof, printed to the edges, signed in pencil. 30 x 44 in. (77 x 112 cm.)

SUNDAY MORNING BANNER, 1991 Sunday Morning Series, Printed in colors from a cotton fiber plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, on Arches paper, with full margins, signed in pencil Sheet size, 40 x 30 in. (101 x 76 cm.)

THE BEAUTIFUL HAS CROSSED THE RIVER, 1991 Sunday Morning Series, Printed in colors from a cotton fiber plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, on Arches paper, with full margins, from a numbered edition of 50 with 15 artist proofs, signed in pencil Sheet size, 32 x 40 in. ( 81 x 102 cm.)

I SAW MATISSE IN THE MIRROR, 1991 Printed in colors from a cotton fiber plate, on Rives paper, with full margins, marked AP (artist proof), signed in pencil

AUTO PORTRAIT WITH 4 ELEPHANTS, 1991 Printed in tones of black, brown and gray, from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil Sheet Size, 44 x 30 in. (112 x 76 cm.)

FALLING STAR, 1991 Printed in tones of black, brown and blue/gray, from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil Sheet Size, 44 x 30 in. (112 x 76 cm.)

THE MINOTAUR
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MINOTAUR, 1991 (from Minotaur Portfolio of 9 prints) Printed in tones of black, blue and gray, from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil. Sheet Size, 44 x 30 in. (112 x 76 cm.)

MINOTAUR #9, 1991 (Fin de Minotaur) (from Minotaur Portfolio of 9 prints) Printed in tones of brick red, blue, yellow and black, from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil. Sheet size 30 x 22 on. (77 x 56 cm.)

MINOTAUR #3, 1991 (from Minotaur Portfolio of 9 prints) Printed in tones of black, blue and gray, from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil. Sheet Size, 30 x 22 in. (77 x 56 cm.)

MINOTAUR #6, 1991 (from Minotaur Portfolio of 9 prints) Printed in tones of blue, red and black from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed to the edges, on Arches paper, signed in pencil. Sheet Size, 30 x 22 in. (77 x 56 cm.)

MINOTAUR, BALUSTER AND COLUMN, 1995 Monotype printed from a masonite plate, inscribed AP, an artist proof, printed on Arches paper with full margins, signed in pencil. Image size, 8 x 7in. (20 x 18 cm.)

THE MINOTAUR POSING FOR MATISSE, 1991 Printed in tones of black or blue from a masonite plate, inscribed 5/10, printed on Arches paper, with full margins, signed in pencil. Image size, 10.5 x 8.3 in. (27 x 21 cm.)

CAST THE SLEEPING ELEPHANT
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In 1980 Mihail traveled to Africa where he The elephant was never harmed. Mihail sleeping elephant in a bronze work of art Kenya, Namibia and Nepal. Inaugurated annan on October 18, 1998.

cast a live, wild bull elephant. incorporated the cast of the given to the United Nations by by UN secretary-General Kofi

Through desserts and savannas stand forever proud and free.
Sam Nujoma, President of the Republic of Namibia

CAST THE SLEEPING ELEPHANT , 1991 Eau forte and hand coloring. Printed on Arches paper with full margins. Marked 1/2, signed in pencil. Image size 10 x 8 in. (26 x 20 cm.)

CAST THE SLEEPING ELEPHANT , 1991 Eau forte and hand coloring. Printed on Arches paper with full margins. Marked IV state, signed in pencil. Paper size, 15 x 9.5 in. (38 x 24 cm.) Image size, 10 x 8 in. (26 x 20 cm.)

1978. From portfolio of 5 prints, printed to the edges. Edition of 75. Printed in Blonay, Swiss Paper size 22 x 16 in. (56 x 41 cm.)

HOSHO Paper size 22x18 in.

Paper size 22x18 in.

Paper size 22x18 in.

life in Tunisia
After a turbulent confrontation with the the communist dictator of Bulgaria caused by a public monument Mihail had erected in Sofia’s cathedral square the artist exiled himself from his native country to Tunisia where he completed sculptural commissions. Enchanted by the light and colors of the country as Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet had been years earlier, in 1914. Mihail drew watercolors and made prints from carved plaster plates and without the use of a press. The about 25 editions of 25 prints each contain and express the artist’s fascination for his new environment - Tunisia’s noble culture and way of life.

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