Richard Artschwager (1923 - 2013) was born in Washington, D.C., and spent much of his childhood in New Mexico. He served in World War II, and returned to finish his degree at Cornell University, where he received a BA in Chemistry in 1948. Artschwager lives and works in Hudson, New York.
In his approach to intaglio printmaking, Artschwager uses a variety of techniques - softground, hardground, drypoint, aquatint and roulette-to create the many textures and lines that define his images. In prints done at Harlan & Weaver, Artschwager revisits the six-object motif-table, window, mirror, door, rug, and basket-that has concerned his imagery for over three decades. These six objects have inspired over fifty drawings and at least two paintings. In this set of prints, all titled "t, w, m, d, r, b", 2003, Artschwager made extensive use of the aquatint process to create rich tonal gradations. These tones enhance the strong linear drawing of the rooms and their contents.