At Ballard, some ‘Thought for Food’

Detail of Viviane de Kosinsky “Wine Country,” a 4-by-6-inch etching and watercolor.

An exhibition of the new work by Viviane de Kosinsky, “Thought for Food and Beyond” goes on display at the R. H. Ballard Gallery this weekend in Washington. A gallery reception, with Gadino Cellars wines and light hors d’oeuvres, is 4 to 7 Saturday (May 8) with the artist present.

The unique style of de Kosinsky’s hand colored etchings will concentrate on images of food in all its forms and in a variety of locations. These works are testament to patience and concentration in their depiction of everyday life, in everyday settings, and often in more exotic locations.

A master etcher, de Kosinsky uses Rembrandt’s method of freehand line drawing directly onto copper and zinc plates, treated with nitric acid. A select few of these black-line original etchings are painted in watercolor with very small brushes, creating mixed media works in the tradition of hand-tinted 19th- and 20th-century book illustration. Each painted work is unique.

Trained by Swiss, Italian and American professors, the artist has lived in Italy and London for a number of years. She holds degrees in printmaking and illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, the Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence and the International Graphics Institute in Venice. Her love of graphics and architecture led to studying photography in Florence, and she has maintained a darkroom for more than 30 years alongside her home studio.

Her etchings have won numerous awards worldwide and she is an exhibiting member of numerous international art societies and in 2004 received an Award of Excellence from the World Federation of Miniaturists at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. This will be her third exhibition with R. H. Ballard Gallery; it runs through May 30.

To see more, visit the gallery (open 10 to 6 daily) or rhballard.com. To learn more, call 540 675-1411. — Robert H. Ballard

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