Illustrative Etchings by Arthur Geisert

Sunday, July 1, 2012-Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Artist Statement

Arthur Geisert is an artist and illustrator from Bernard, Iowa who specializes in etching. This exhibit featured his children’s picture book titled, Thunderstorm. The illustrations are etchings created on copper plates using Dutch mordant as the acid. This technique dates back to 1500. Thunderstorm is a panorama, one continuous picture that depicts the sequence of a thunderstorm. All together, the etchings measure 10 and 5/8 inches high and 40 feet and 1/4–inch long. The book was published in Spring 2013 by Enchanted Lion Books located in Brooklyn, New York.

Arthur’s last book, Country Road ABC was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The illustrations were exhibited at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. Previously, Arthur had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and the Dubuque Museum of Art. He also has delivered lectures at the Smithsonian and the Universities of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, to name only a few. Over the years, Arthur has published 23 books with 45 translations in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, German, and Latin. Three of his books have been awarded the New York Times’ “Ten Best Illustrated Books of the Year”: Pigs from A to Z, Roman Numerals I to MM, and most recently, Ice in 2011. Arthur holds a Master’s degree from the University of California and an honorary Doctorate from Concordia University. This is Arthur’s second showing at MAE.