Still Life with Persimmon was printed at Magnolia Editions in Oakland, CA on a flatbed transfer press. Each of the 16 runs was drawn separately by Guy Diehl on translucent mylar. The drawings were transferred to plates via contact exposure. The prints were pulled individually, one color run (or rainbow) at a time. After a proofing session, where various color changes were tried, the artist selected a right to print which was used as the standard for the edition. The artist continued to make changes and refinements and added more runs to the print during the editioning. Three rainbow rolls were employed to produce subtle color shifts in the background gradation.
“I see myself as an interpreter making a record of my observations, trying to make sense of the objects in the composition. To know what to paint and what to exclude is the challenge…History and its artists are the commonality that binds all of my current work. By paying homage to these creative individuals I begin to learn and understand the events that inspired their work, and how they fall into the chronology of man’s history and our current world.”
–Guy Diehl, Artist’s Statement, 2001