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Big Sur

Vicente Canyon
Tom has been producing woodcut and linoleum block prints of the Big Sur coast and mountains since the late 1970s. During the 1980s and 1990s many of his more ambitious multicolor prints depicted Big Sur scenes, where he spent many days hiking, camping and sketching. Killion is planning a portfolio series depicting Big Sur in the near future. Here a number of his Big Sur images are shown, many of which also appear in "The Coast of California". All prints are limited editions, signed and numbered.

Key to Abbreviations is at the bottom of this page.

Key to Printing History Terms is at the bottom of this page.

McWay Rocks, Big Sur
McWay Rocks, Big Sur
McWay Rocks, Big Sur

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: McWay Rocks, Big Sur
Image Size:13x10 inches
Printing History: The view from the trail to "Tin House" north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Multi-block print w/ 6 color layers. Completed April, 2013, in edition of 175 plus several a.p.s. Available. 
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Timber Top, Big Sur
Timber Top, Big Sur
Timber Top, Big Sur

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Timber Top, Big Sur
Image Size:12x17 inches
Printing History: Edition of 185 plus several a.p.s completed October 2005. Multi-block reduction cut, 11 color layers. Blocks destroyed in process. o.p. The view is from the top of Boronda Ridge, where an old corral for keeping pigs remains.

Now available as an "iris" GICLEE PRINT in an edition of 65. This large-format image measures 19 x 27.
Available as a Giclee Print Only
Price: $450.00
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Ventana Double Cone
Ventana Double Cone
Ventana Double Cone

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Ventana Double Cone
Image Size:4x6 inches
Printing History:  First edition of 95 begun 2001. Image also used on logo of Ventana Wilderness Alliance.
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Vicente Canyon, Big Sur
Vicente Canyon, Big Sur
Vicente Canyon, Big Sur

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Vicente Canyon, Big Sur
Image Size:14x18 inches
Printing History: State I, edition of 125 plus 24 a.p.s printed in 1996 -- blue [as shown] to purple sea color; State II, edition of 64 plus 19 a.p.s and 3 w.p.s with recut color blocks and greener sea with more orange-gold in clouds printed 2001. Blocks destroyed. o.p.

 

Large-format [30x34] iris-type "giclée" print edition (2004) of 50 plus 15 a.p.s. One perfect  a.p. remains available, framed 2500.00.
Available as a Giclee Print Only
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Nepenthe
Nepenthe
Nepenthe

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Nepenthe
Image Size:10x12.5 inches
Printing History: First edition of 90 plus 10 a.p.s printed 1993. Multi-block reduction cut. o.p.
Out of print - not available



Ventana Cone from Pacific Valley
Ventana Cone from Pacific Valley
Ventana Cone from Pacific Valley

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Ventana Cone from Pacific Valley
Image Size:10.5x14 inches
Printing History: Edition of 107 plus 16 a.p.s printed 1993. Multi-block reduction cut. o.p.
Out of print - not available



Big Sur Spring Sunset
Big Sur Spring Sunset
Big Sur Spring Sunset

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Big Sur Spring Sunset
Image Size:18.5x13.75 inches
Printing History:  First state -- titled "Spring Sunset, Big Sur" -- of 120 plus 15 a.p.s printed in 1990 [depicted here], sea blocks cut away in process; State II of 130 plus 14 a.p.s and 8 w.p.s printed in 1996 with new sea color blocks, different coloring on first half of edition -- more orange -- second part of State II more like 1st edition except for slightly different blocks. Blocks destroyed.
Giclée large-format edition of 15 plus 5 a.p.s printed 2002-2003. o.p.
Out of print - not available



Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Big Sur Coast
Image Size:12x9 inches
Printing History: First edition numbered as 90 plus 8 a.p.s but issued in 2 different colorings: #s 1-43 plus lowest number a.p.s printed in 1983 with yellow grass [depicted here]; #s 44-90 plus higher number a.p.s printed c.1990 with green grass and blue-purple hills [see next image]. Blocks destroyed. o.p.
Out of print - not available



Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast
Big Sur Coast

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Big Sur Coast
Image Size:12x9 inches
Printing History: State II printed at same time as second coloring of first edition [see preceding image], in edition of 50 plus a.p.s 9-19. Blocks destroyed. o.p.
Large-format [20x28] giclée print of this [blue coloring] image on watercolor paper, edition of 65 available.
Available as a Giclee Print Only
Price: $450.00
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Lime Kiln Canyon
Lime Kiln Canyon
Lime Kiln Canyon

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Lime Kiln Canyon
Image Size:12x12 inches
Printing History: State I -- purple clouds/stencil registration -- edition of 30 plus 4 a.p.s printed 1978-79; State II [depicted here] edition of 30 printed early 1980s; State III -- blue sea block added -- edition of 40 plus a.p.s 5-25 printed early 1990s. o.p.
A State IV with new cloud blocks and sky tint is projected.
Out of print - not available



South Sur Coast
South Sur Coast
South Sur Coast

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: South Sur Coast
Image Size:3.5x3 inches
Printing History: Originally designed as bookplate for R. Larsen. First edition of 100 plus 4 a.p.s printed mid-1980s; II=60 plus a.p.s 5-10; III=75 plus a.p.s 11-14.
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 Pt. Sur from Kasler Point
 Pt. Sur from Kasler Point
Pt. Sur from Kasler Point

Copyright ©2014 Tom Killion.

 

Title: Pt. Sur from Kasler Point
Image Size:9x12 inches
Printing History: First edition of 50 plus 18 a.p.s printed 1979; Edition II of 30 printed mid-1980s. Block damaged. o.p.
Out of print - not available




Key to Abbreviations:
All prints are signed and numbered in pencil; dimensions are of the actual image itself, not including signature or paper margins, given in inches, height before width.
a.p. = artist's proofs (where color experiments are made before edition is pulled)
b.p. = book proofs (pages from handprinted books that were never bound in and are now sold separately as signed prints)
o.p. = out-of-print
w.p. = working proofs (have serious flaws or odd color variations)


Key to Printing History Terms:
1. "Multi-block reduction (cut) prints" are limited to one edition as blocks are destroyed in the printing process (see Technique page).
2. Editions: Second editions (II) of other multi-color prints involve recutting of color blocks and consequent variations in the final image. Some of the single color prints have been issued in multiple small editions with touch-up recutting ("cleaning-up") of blocks, but no significant changes in the printed image. With the exception of "Wave", "Seaweed" and "Mt. Tam from Wolfe Grade", no more than 350 prints (total of all editions and a.p.s) have been issued of any print.
3. "Giclées": Killion's digital reproductions are created with new generation "iris print" technology that enables the images to be printed on all-rag watercolor paper. All Killion's "giclée" prints are larger-size than the original woodcuts and have only been created after the woodcut editions have sold out (see information in How to Purchase Prints). All other Killion prints are handprinted by the artist from his original hand cut blocks.