Hutson Gallery is proud to present Lines: Simple and Complex Parts 2, an exhibition by Troy-based artist William Skerritt. In Part 1 etchings and aquatints dominated the show. Part 2 concentrates on white line woodblock prints, a linocut and an ink drawing “Spew”. In “Spew” Skerritt draws a great arch which is the earth in cross section. The earth spews both natural and manmade contaminants into its atmosphere. Little can be done about the volcanoes that spew. But much can be done to stem the flow of gas and particulate matter that results from human activity.
William H. Skerritt is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, with a B.A. in geology. “My art is largely informed by my other interests including my profession, geology, science, and history. It is also influenced by my fascination with certain places, with ruins, with relics, and with the bizarre. Not having any formal instruction in art, I improvised with drawing and painting. From 1975 until the early 1990s, my principal medium was scrimshaw, which I sold on Nantucket.” Beginning in the late 1990s, Skerritt received instruction in printmaking, principally from Linda K. Ryder in Troy, NY. Most recently Skerritt received instruction on the white line woodblock print from Kathryn Lee Smith in Provincetown and continues to maintain that mentorship.
Skerritt’s etchings have been included in numerous shows at the International Print Center New York (IPCNY) in Chelsea as well as shows organized by the New York Society of Etchers. His work was included in the first (2011) and third (2013) National Intaglio Print Exhibitions, a joint show of Australian and New York etchers (2014), as well as the 15th anniversary show (2015). Skerritt has a studio in Troy, New York, and teaches courses and workshops in etching, drypoint, linocut, and drawing distortions. His most recent publication Troy, As I See It (The Troy Book Makers, Troy, NY, 2016) is a collection of prints and drawings.