River West Artworks
Original Art, Artisan Works and Photographs by Jan Jenkins and Brian Erickson

A Bicyclette

"A Bicyclette" was inspired by my having walked along the historic streets of Paris, by a charming bicycle I took photos of while on a western Canadian road trip, and by a French-themed fundraiser “Une Affaire d'Amour" fundraiser being held the Watson Art Centre. I named this work “A Bicyclette” after the famous french song titled "A Bicyclette" recorded by Yves Montand. His song tells us about five young boys showing off their bicycle riding skills, trying to impress their pretty friend Paulette, the postman’s bicycle riding daughter. The vocalist Yves Montand was a reknowned Italian-French actor and singer during 1946-1991, and well known for his love of and songs about Paris. His song “A Bicyclette” was first recorded in 1968.

This artwork was created by block printing with a linocut onto paper, in some cases pretreated with either acrylics or acrylic inks. Block printing is an ancient printing technique where the artist carves a design into a solid block of material (in this case linoleum) much like a stamp. Once the design is complete, the block is inked with a roller and the block is then applied to the paper.

The blockprint is 4"x6" using archival inks and acid-free paper. Price is $60 matted to fit an 8x10" frame. Framing, taxes and shipping are extra.