Red Tailed Hawk
"Red Tailed Hawk" is a relief print, a wood-engraving, created in 2020 by American printmaker Richard Wagener (born 1944). It is pencil signed, dated and editioned 3/32. Printed by the artist on a sheet of ivory Zerkall wove paper measuring 14 x 9-7/8 inches.
The red tailed hawk is sailing on an updraft, surveying its surroundings. Wagener engraves each line individually into the end-grain of the block, not with a multiple line tool. The feathers of the red-tailed hawk are considered sacred to many Native Americans and, like the feathers of the eagle, are sometimes used in religious ceremonies and rituals.
Richard Wagener was born in Texicana, Arkansas in 1944. He studied biology at the University of San Diego and earned an MFA in painting from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. In 2006, Wagener established the imprint Mixolydian Editions for his own fine press projects. He collaborated with David Pascoe of Nawakum Press, Santa Rosa, California, co-publishing three fine press books, one of which, "Loom," earned the 2016 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design.
Wagener has also produced a number of engraved bookplates that have been collected internationally. He designed the logo for the XXVII FISAE Congress held in Boston, 2000. His bookplates have been featured in "Print Magazine;" "Contemporary Ex-Libris Artists," article by James Keenan, published in Portugal, 2003; "California Bookplates" by Robert Dickover, published by the Book Club of California, 2006; and "Three Centuries of the American Bookplate" by James Goode, the catalog accompanying a show of bookplates at the University of Virginia in 2010.
A notable American wood engraver, Wagener's works are held in over 100 public collections in the United States and England. He was awarded the Oscar Lewis Award for contributions to the book arts