The Gandy Dancers Matted or Framed Giclee Print

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The Gandy Dancers Matted or Framed Giclee Print

from 65.00

Edition Size: 77
Image Size: 10x5 inches
Matted Size: 16x20 inches
Framed Size: 19.5x23.5 inches

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Limited edition giclée print of The Gandy Dancers from the Jobs of Yesteryear Series. Printed on acid-free paper with archival inks and finished with a standard size white mat plus the option to add a high-quality black frame with anti-reflective glass. The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features gandy dancers. "Gandy dancer" is a slang term for a railroad worker, referring to the "gandy", a flat shovel that they would use to tamp down the filler rocks that kept the tracks in place. The gandy dancers in this piece are traveling on a handcar, an important vehicle in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Pumping a handcar was grueling work, especially when weighed down by the tools of the trade. At their peak usage, there were over 15,000 handcars in operation in the US, but they were eventually replaced by the motor section car ("speeder") and most were scrapped during World War I & II.

Each original painting is created on stained birch wood panel using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams and have the feel of a black and white photograph steeped in history. The long limbed characters are crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with an acrylic wash. The technology or innovation that led to the job becoming obsolete is included in each painting.

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