|"Albert" a six foot-wide verre églomisé rhinoceros in rose gold, by Lynne Rutter. photo by David Papas.
Approximately two meters wide, Albert is a verre églomisé mural, etched into gold on the reverse side of glass, and based on ( and named for) the famous rhinoceros woodblock print by Albrecht Dürer.
This commission came about when my client asked for a large painting with gold or copper and maybe an animal, or an imaginary creature, and then I said well you know if I did this on the back of glass, it would be way more work and so much more expensive but so totally cool! So of course they said yes.
|the enlarged master drawing in reverse
My first step in creating this mural was to get to know this creature very well, through a series of drawings at large size, in reverse, as this is how I needed to etch the image.
As red gold, coincidentally known as "Albertina Gold," was being used for this piece, it was essential to work on Starfire glass, which is clear and colorless, as the color of normal glass would muddy the special rosy tone of the gold leaf.
|The rhino gilt with rose gold leaf on clear glass
|etching the 23 karat rose gold
|Photographer David Papas takes Albert's fashion portrait in the studio
|Albert the églomisé rhino reflects on his new surroundings
|I love that moment when the gold locks onto the glass...
Michelina and Adrian!
David Papas Photographer
Christine Lando, artist, archival framer
Farber Art Services expert installation
W&B Gold Leaf