Lila Asher’s Relief Print Demonstration

Classical Mother by Lila Oliver Asher - Nude mother with her baby in blue ink on thin white paper

Lila Oliver Asher’s December 2017 solo-show at Washington Printmakers Gallery in Georgetown, Washington DC was called Favorites – Old and New. Lila’s works are so elegant., like the images on classical Greek urns. Lila’s economic use of line and uncluttered compositions effectively convey a timeless beauty of form. Her subjects were often indeed classical, religious, musical, and very human and loving.

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On its last day of the show, Lila gave a demonstration of how she printed her works.  In the demonstration she uses one of her linoleum-block cuts, brayer with oil-based printing ink, Japanese archival paper, and a bamboo-leaf covered baren rather than a press.  She did not own a etching press.

Lila is the author of “Men I Have Met in Bed” (Heritage Books), a book about her USO assignments during World War II when she went from one military hospital to another across the United States drawing portraits of soldiers too wounded to attend the USO celebrity shows.

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  • video and images used with permission of her estate