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Paulson Fontaine Press specializes in limited edition intaglio prints. The press emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich tradition of fine art printmaking. Master Printer, Pam Paulson founded Paulson Fontaine Press in 1993. Partner and Gallery Director, Rhea Fontaine is one of the first Black women to publish fine-art prints by contemporary artists. Paulson Fontaine Press’s philosophy is to facilitate rather than direct an artist, creating an environment where artists can do their best work.

Prints by PFP are in major collections across the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum, Huntington Library, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art, NY, National Gallery of Art, Princeton University Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Vassar College, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the U.S. Department of State and American Embassies around the world. The deYoung Museum of San Francisco acquired the press’s complete archive, which includes one of every print the press has published, in perpetuity.

Dedicated to contributing to the image archive of artists of the African Diaspora, PFP has published over 150 editions with Black Artists, and this archive was recently acquired by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.

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Shifting Through Space, 2021 $3000 Color softground etching with aquatint. Paper Size: 43.5” x 37” Edition of 40

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We are pleased to present the work of Woody De Othello and Lonnie Holley. Both artists are sculptors whose practices inform their two-dimensional works.

Woody De Othello constructs intentionally wonky, anthropomorphized sculptures of common artifacts of domestic life—tables, radiators, flower vases, lamps, television sets—in glazed ceramic, bronze, wood, and glass. Othello infuses his work with humor, whimsy, and touches of African “Nkisi,” a belief system in which spirits inhabit everyday objects. In both his sculptures and works on paper, Othello imbues these static household objects with movement and emotion—they are often stretched or slumped over, seemingly overcome by gravity. He received a BFA from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton and an MFA from the California College of Arts, San Francisco. He was included in the 33rd Ljublijana Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljublijana, Slovenia, and has recently exhibited with Karma, New York (2019); Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, California (2018); Quality, Oakland, California (2016); and UFO Gallery, Berkeley, California (2016). In 2019-2020, Othello was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art, California.

Lonnie Holley is an internationally renowned artist and performer whose three decade long career has encompassed drawing, painting, sculpture, and music. Holley’s paintings and found-object sculptures and environments are made of both natural and manmade elements. The densely constructed pieces reference current events and African American History and like his musical lyrics, refer to slavery, the church and universal ecology. Holley’s work is included in numerous museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the High Museum of Art, among others.

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Paulson Fontaine Press

Woody De Othello

Shifting Through Space

2021

43.5" x 37"

Color softground etching with aquatint.

Paulson Fontaine Press

Edition of 40

$3,000

Woody De Othello

Steppin Through The Night

2021

43.5" x 37"

Color softground etching with aquatint.

Paulson Fontaine Press

Edition of 40

$3,000

Woody De Othello

Another Sleepless Night

2021

32.5" x 44"

Color sugarlift and spitbite aquatints.

Paulson Fontaine Press

Edition of 30

$2,500

Lonnie Holley

Born Into Colors

2017

48” x 32”

Color woodblock.

Paulson Fontaine Press

Edition of 25

$3,000

Woody De Othello working at Paulson Fontaine Press. Photo: Smeeta Mahanti

Lonnie Holley

Black in the Midst of the Red, White and Blue

2017

39.875" x 29.75"

Color woodblock.

Paulson Fontaine Press

Edition of 20

$2,500

Lonnie Holley in the Paulson Fontaine Press studio. Photo: Pam Paulson

Woody De Othello

Shifting Through Space

43.5" x 37"

Color softground etching with aquatint.

Edition of 40

$3,000

Woody De Othello

Steppin Through The Night

43.5" x 37"

Color softground etching with aquatint.

Edition of 40

$3,000

Woody De Othello

Another Sleepless Night

32.5" x 44"

Color sugarlift and spitbite aquatints.

Edition of 30

$2,500

Lonnie Holley

Born Into Colors

48” x 32”

Color woodblock.

Edition of 25

$3,000

Lonnie Holley

Black in the Midst of the Red, White and Blue

39.875" x 29.75"

Color woodblock.

Edition of 20

$2,500