Bob Blackburn is something of a legend in 20th century printmaking. He established Printmakers Workshop in New York in 1940 where it still operates as a significant contributor to the advancement of fine art printmaking. He was also the first master printer at Universal Limited Art Editions in New York, responsible for some of the very first editions by 20th century masters like Jasper Johns, Larry Rivers, Robert Raushenberg and others.
Ron Adams was a printer at Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles and Editions Press in San Francisco before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he established Hand Graphics, another significant press in the Southwest. He is now retired from printing and publishing, and back to his original career as a graphic artist. For several decades these two men were the only African American Master Lithographers in the country. This original, hand-printed lithograph is one Master Printer’s respectful homage to another.