The Gandy Dancers Wood Panel Print

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The Gandy Dancers Wood Panel Print

375.00

**CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK**

BACKORDER: Order now, and it will be delivered before January 31.

Edition Size: 33
Panel Size: 36x18 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 mounted permanently to a custom-made wood box panel. This print is ready to hang and has the look of the original painting for a fraction of the cost. The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

"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 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, the motor section car, is included in the painting.

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