Don Gorvett was born in Boston, MA, and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.Atilde‚Acircnbsp He received an Honorary Life Time Achievement Award in the Arts from Salem State University, Salem, MA.Atilde‚Acircnbsp He has led workshops & lectured on the Reduction Woodcut process at Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; Salem State College, Salem, MA; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, and others.Atilde‚Acircnbsp His work is in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; Boston Athenaeum; and Portland Museum of Art, Portland ME; and others.
"My goal regarding the use of the one-block reduction woodcut method is to free the medium from a sometimes unavoidable stagnant appearance.Atilde‚Acircnbsp This technique of woodcut allows one to weave and integrate line and color in a rhythmic painterly way, thus creating in effect a tapestry."Atilde‚Acircnbsp
“With a painters eye for color, Gorvett produces print with elegant and evocative tonal harmonies not usually associated with woodcuts. And, with a sculptor’s sense of light, he creates dramatic contrast between color and carved hard-edge, giving great solidity to both form and space. What emerges are masterful woodcuts containing images of such power and grace that they place Gorvett among today’s most accomplished regional printmakers.”
Dr. Michael Culver