• Image of Ed Emberley Woodblock Print, Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan
  • Image of Ed Emberley Woodblock Print, Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan

Artist: Ed Emberley
Printer: Abrazos Press with Caleb Neelon
Year: Woodblocks carved in 1961, printed in 2015.
Size: appx. 26" x 26" with slight variations between prints.
Paper: Kitakata (a very fine, thin Japanese paper)
Edition: 43
Price: $450 (unframed)
Signed by Ed Emberley and numbered

More information:

Ed Emberley and Caleb Neelon are pleased to offer prints made from the original woodblocks made for his 1962 book Paul Bunyan, recently reissued by AMMO Books.

Prints from this book have never before been available. Ed Emberley created the art for Paul Bunyan with woodblock prints for their aesthetic quality and not as a way to make multiples. He made one good print of each image and then set the blocks aside for fifty-plus years.

The image of Paul Bunyan was made as a separate promotion for the book and does not appear in the original. On the larger of these two prints it is accompanied by two images that do appear in the book: Babe the Blue Ox and the large sun. This composite image of Babe, Paul, and the sun has never been printed before: Ed loves the new image!

The prints are on a fine Japanese kitakata paper and were printed by Abrazos Press of Somerville, Massachusetts. Due to the nature of the fifty-plus-year-old blocks that were not made with multiples in mind, there is some variation between prints. Each will come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Ed Emberley has been one of my very favorite artists since the time I was a little boy, and he still is. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ed on two shows thus far and along with Todd Oldham and AMMO Books, I was fortunate to make a retrospective book of Ed’s work last year. A retrospective museum show of Ed’s work is planned for 2016, and news on that will follow later.

Fans of Ed’s work have frequently asked me where they could buy an Ed Emberley artwork for their homes or their child’s room, but there simply isn’t much of it out there: the books were the final products for him.

Essentially, my goal with this composite print was to give Emberley fans out there the chance to own the largest and nicest Ed Emberley original possible, whether for a child’s room or for their own.

These are shipped flat in very heavy foam core for protection. This paper is very fine and definitely plan on framing it.