- by Barney Davey
Some would say Terry had perfect timing in that he hit his stride in the heyday of the limited edition on paper market. That much is true. However, I believe with his talent, vision and drive he would have been a smashing success in any era.
Now it’s time for all of us to say goodbye
This is coming to an end.
I know, I know,
You will not forgive me
Because you are my friend. — Leslie West
I posted a year ago almost to the day about Terry Redlin’s coming retirement event and now it upon us.
It’s true in our selfish hearts those of us who love his work and admire Terry Redlin as a person won’t forgive him for retiring. Not because we don’t think he is entitled to a well deserved retirement, But, only because we will miss what he has come to represent as a human, an artist, an American, as a role model and inspiration to thousands.
Mostly we’ll miss knowing he won’t be turning out a steady stream of work that is instantly recognizable and as comforting, heart warming and touching as any artist has created. His “Spring Fever” image pictured here exemplifies his unique touch as a consummate artist, visual storyteller, and heart string puller. We will not see the likes of him again.
A Well Deserved Rest Indeed!
Truth be told, who could argue Terry at 70 years young deserves the right to rest. Not only has he arguably created more limited edition and open edition prints than any artist, he has personally signed each limited and thousands of open editions too. In these days of automated signing equipment, it is quite a testament to his character. Here is a quote from him that says it all when it comes to signing prints:
“Throughout my career, I have hand-signed every limited edition print I release. Today, there are many ways for artists to market their prints as signed – even when the artist never touches the print. I have never changed my signing technique. Over the past twenty-five years, I have hand-signed literally hundreds of thousands of prints. It is important to me that you know when you buy a signed Redlin print, I am the person who signed it. My staff hand inspects every print, they hand number the limited editions, and they deliver them to me for my signature.”
Some would say Terry had perfect timing in that he hit his stride in the heyday of the limited edition on paper market. That much is true. However, I believe with his talent, vision and drive he would have been a smashing success in any era. That is something to ponder for artists just starting out. Don’t envy Terry for being lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Rather think how he might have used his talent today if he were a young man just starting a career.
He’s Throwing a Free Concert
If you are a fan and going to be any where near Watertown, SD in early August, there is a free concert as part of the party to celebrate Terry’s retirement. Here is the announcement from his PR guru, Tom Benson’s Networking Newsletter:
REDLIN ART CENTER WILL HOST THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
The Redlin Art Center is proud to announce the Oak Ridge Boys as the featured performers Saturday, August 2nd, 2008! This FREE concert will be held on the grounds of the Redlin Art Center and everyone is welcome. Redlin Art Center 1200 – 33rd Street SE / Mickelson Drive Watertown, SD 57201 – 7103 1-605-882-3877 1-877-TREDLIN
God Bless Terry Redlin! All best wishes for a fruitful well deserved well lived retirement to Terry.