This larger (19 3/4" by 36") work likely dates to the 1970's. The message, reading "gravity-like, He draws us lovingly into that deep dark center which is Himself. Ego dying. Soul reborning. Meaning revealing. Psyche healing. Shackle bursting. Mind spreading. Love empowering. Ellwood E Kieser" is placed in the rich green area. This colorful print is by SISTER MARY CORITA KENT (1918-1986). Sister Corita, as she is known, became an artist of international note for her colorful and complex imagery and designs featuring universal messages promoting love, peace, social justice, spirituality, and wonder at the incredibly complex world in which we live. Very recently, a burst of posthumous attention has elevated her now much sought-after work to the status of Pop Art. Born in Iowa, Sister Corita, as she is commonly known, migrated to Los Angeles, where she developed her skills in serigraphy and screenprinting. During the 1950's she was studying at Otis/Chouinard and at USC in Los Angeles. A spiritual person, during the turbulent 1960's she began to weave messages into those images. The messages, which early on took from biblical sources, came to mix in pop culture of the time. After 1968 Corita devoted all of her time to creating art. I believe I read that she eventually renounced her religious vows. Corita's art (it is estimated that she created over 400 serigraph images between 1968 and her death) appeared in prints, posters, billboards, book covers, murals, and even the 1985 Love Stamp. I believe that she appeared on the cover of Newsweek or Time Magazine during the 1970's. She spent the final portion of her life in Boston, but her images and social messages held international appeal which has been perpetuated to this day by the active Corita Center, based in Los Angeles. See the website of that center. This example is signed in ballpoint at lower right (see closeups---the signature is by hand, not printed), and also at lower right appears in ink "ed. 250". The print was found in its likely original plastic poster box, which has degraded over the years. It has scratches and soiling. However it will still serve a purpose as protection when this is shipped; or, **this could be rolled and sent in a tube, to save on shipping**. I have examined the print out of the poster box. Condition is generally very good, the colors vivid. I do note some old rumpling and foxing (browning) due to old damp exposure, apparent mainly in the white field at top right and far right, though there are a few scattered foxing marks elsewhere---all authentic flaws earned simply by virtue of being vintage. One of several Corita works in my shop.
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