Artist: Arnold Iger
Title: The Key
Size: 39" x 28"
Paper (Sheet) Size: 49" x 34"
Edition: Signed and Numbered, Limited Edition to 195
Medium: Giclée on Somerset, hand embellishment with foil optional Paper
About the Artist: Arnold Iger was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1973 to 1976. He also studied industrial design and animation at San Francisco State University in the early 1980s. This artist has diversified his formal education to say the least. The history of his studies includes literature, philosophy, design and advertising, film and performance, traditional Japanese arts, industrial design, animation and marketing. In 1972 Arnold worked in the famous etching Atelier 17 in Paris, France. By the 1980's Arnold was engaged in traditional four- color plate etching. His editions of floral still life contain a distinct Japanese influence in color and form. Simultaneously the artist was making highly romantic painted- paper relief constructions of fantastic Gothic and Romanesque architecture by which he raised the use of visual and the tactile senses on a two-dimensional surface to a high art.
More recently he has developed an affinity for collograph printing combined with mixed media on paper. A subtle use of color combined with a bold sense of design and exotic imagery has always been pervasive throughout his art. Thus Arnold’s art is an unusual synthesis of Eastern and Western concepts of color, design and media.
In 1993 Pins and Noodles, a theatre performance and video about food in Viet Nam, which Arnold co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced with Paul Kwan was commissioned for the Grand Opening of the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco. A sequel, Anatomy of a Spring roll was produced in 1992, commissioned by Independent Television Service for National PBS. It was screened at the New York Museum of Modern Art, Oakland Museum/National Educational Film & Video Festival and San Francisco Kabuki Theatre/Asian American International Showcase. The artist has also received numerous awards and fellowships, among them, Artist in Residence, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California, National Endowment for the Arts, traveling fellowship to China and San Francisco Exploratorium Museum, the Memory Project.