Julianne Ricksecker, artist and printmaker and University City resident of 42 years, received the René Carcan International Public Prize for Printmaking at a reception on Feb. 15 in Brussels, Belgium.
For this competition, 161 artists from 32 countries participated. Thirty artists were selected for the exhibition, on view from Feb. 15 to May 15 at the Bibliotheca Wittockiana, a museum dedicated to book arts, bookbinding and related disciplines. A jury awarded the Grand Prize and a 1st and 2nd mention. The René Carcan International Public Prize was selected by a public vote online between November and February. Ricksecker received the highest total number of votes for her four works included in the exhibit. The exhibit is available for viewing online at award.renecarcan.be.
The contest is sponsored by Espace René Carcan, the nonprofit association created in 1990 by René Carcan (1925-1993). Its main aim is to “develop the art of printmaking”.Twenty years after his death, the Espace René Carcan, in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation, created the biennial René Carcan International Prize for Printmaking which took place for the third time in 2018.
Ricksecker, a member of the Del Mar Art Center Gallery, has been a printmaker exhibiting regularly in San Diego for nearly 40 years. While she also works in pastel and watercolor, she is best known for her work in various techniques of original printmaking. She works most frequently in á la poupée color etching, a relatively rare practice among artists today. Julianne’s color etching process renders sumptuous color with unusual depth and richness for metal plate printmaking.
Another favorite technique is monotype, or one of a kind print. She has developed a monotype technique, using water-soluble oil-based paint on plexiglass to render intriguing one-of-a-kind “painterly prints”, transferred to paper on the etching press or by rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. She demonstrates this process at local events where use of an etching press is not a viable option. One piece chosen as a finalist for the René Carcan Prize, Torrey Pine #2, was begun at the San Diego County Fair in 2017 as a demonstration, and completed later in the studio.
Ricksecker loves landscape. Her meanderings to seek inspiration from the land have taken her to national parks such as Zion, Yosemite, and Glacier. She has depicted California scenes of Big Sur, the Cuyamacas,Torrey Pines, and the Anza Borrego Desert. Her medium changes depending on the particular inspiration and her work ranges in size from miniature prints at 2” x 2” to full size watercolor at 22” x 30”. While she occasionally paints“en plein air”, she is more likely to bring home inspiration in the form of hundreds of photographs taken on hikes and during road trips. At home in the studio, she uses these images to create her works of art.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Penn., Ricksecker has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Newport, Rhode Island, Rouen, France and Yokosuka, Japan before settling in San Diego. She has exhibited in local, national and international exhibitions. She has won numerous awards for her etchings and her pastels, including 2nd place award at the 8th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk Connecticut. In 2017, her work appeared in the 3rd Global Print Exhibition in Douro, Portugal, the Miniprint de Cadaqués in Barcelona, Spain, and “One Foot in the River” at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, Minn., as well as numerous group exhibitions in San Diego. She exhibits at the Del Mar Art Center Gallery and SmartSpace Galleries in San Diego and Vista.