Electrochemical Etching

Jason Scuilla is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts: Artworks Grant for his research "Transforming Printmaking Through Chemical Innovation." His research, development, and refinement of electrochemical etching technology and bio-diesel based solvents utilizes less harmful and sustainable printmaking materials without compromising the quality needed for continued use in the printmaking studio. 

Electrolytic etching is a process that relies on technology from the commercial electro-plating industry. Fine art printmakers have been experimenting with the adaptation of this technology as a substitute for traditional acids*.

Scuilla's mastery of and contribution to this medium have been recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY, The American Chemical Society, The Print Council of America, Southern Graphics International Printmaking, Mid America Print Council. Prints He has created utilizing this process have been included in Solo and Group Exhibitions throughout the world.

*Other printmakers who have made notable contributions to the medium of electrolytic etching over the past 30 years include Nik Semenoff (Canada), Cedric Green (UK), Alfonso Crujera (Spain), and Merion Behr (USA).

Hand drawn copper plate electrochemically etched using my custom ground and  power supply.

Bio-Deisel based solvent development collaboration between K-State Department of Art and Department of Chemistry.

Veduta (detail) electrolytic etching, 12x9", Jason Scuilla.

Example of the detail captured using a ground I developed specifically for electrolytic etching. Entire plate is hand drawn line. 

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