The drypoint medium involves drawing directly into the plate. The fragments, or burr, which are dispersed during the drawing process, are left on the plate to retain ink during printing. This gives the prints their characteristic velvety texture. Only a few prints may be taken before the burr is worn away and the textural quality lost. The principal exponents of drypoint were Rembrandt and Whistler. Rembrandt's crucifixion pieces and Whistler's Venice series being the most typical example of the medium.
A Beckett Metamorphosis'
Set of six drypoint portraits of the novelist, playwright Samuel Beckett.
"As an example of the expressive potential
of the medium the powerful series of
drypoints called A Beckett Metamorphosis
can have few equals in recent times"
Mary Sara curator & art critic
Various public & private collections, worldwide including The Beckett Foundation & The National Library Of Ireland