Limited Edition “Palm Sunday” Prints By AJ Masthay
Announcing “Palm Sunday,” a limited edition print by AJ Masthay. “Palm Sunday” takes its inspiration and title from the stirring Hunter/Garcia composition featured on Cats Under The Stars. The stunning portrait was originally conceived as a t-shirt, but it was immediately clear a larger format reproduction on AJ’s letterpress was needed to bring out the depth and detail this work demands. “Palm Sunday” measures 16” x 20” and is published in an edition of 500 signed & numbered letter-pressed prints. The prints will be posted for purchase on Garcia Family Provisions on Thursday, September 26th. Subscribers to the Garcia Family email list will be the first to receive notice of the prints availability. A strict limit of one per-fan/household will be enforced.
“As a long time fan of Jerry Garcia and his music, I knew this portrait edition had to be special. To accomplish this, we turned to the printmaking technique my studio is best known for, letterpress. Letterpress printing is loved by many for leaving a tactile and visual impression into the paper, it communicates an elegance and handcrafted quality that can’t be matched by any other printing method. To produce the iconic image of Garcia, we utilized nine separate printing plates, each perfectly registered on our vintage Vandercook Universal III proofing press, meaning each print has gone through the press nine separate times. The craftsmanship required to accomplish a print job of this nature can’t be understated, but it’s this love of the craft (and the subject matter) that transcend the image, breathing life and emotion into the print. When you look into Jerry’s eyes, and he gazes back at you, I hope you feel the same” — AJ Masthay