Donated by 3 Fish Studios

California Rising

Hand-painted linocut printed on Rives BFK paper. One-of-a-kind pull with blue background.


42″ x 24″

Retail Value: $1,500

Minimum Bid: $525



Eric Rewitzer specializes in linocut printmaking, a variant of relief printmaking. In linocut printmaking, one carves into the flat surface of linoleum with sharp hand tools, removing the non-printing parts of the design so that the image becomes a plate ready for printing. This surface is then inked with a roller and printed using a monotype press for deep rich ink coverage or by hand for a more weathered effect. The resulting prints feature strong, graphic forms, and also the visible traces of Eric Rewitzer’s hand: carved lines and shapes, inked, and pressed into beautiful handmade paper. Culturally, this type of printmaking preserves a hands-on aesthetic, which is increasingly lost in the information age. As a printmaker, Eric employs a number of different skills, adding carving and printing to more familiar disciplines of drawing, composition, and color. Combining this discipline with the inspirations of the modern day – urban life, diversity, and the inherent human attachment to the natural world – has been the foundation of Eric’s artistic exploration for years. Today, the linocuts he creates incorporate elements of popular culture, interplay between natural and urban landscapes, and local history.

Eric was born and raised on the industrial shores of Lake Michigan. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and moved to the west coast in 1987. Eric finds constant inspiration in the scale and diversity of the the California culture and landscape, and will forever love the mix of natural beauty, urban grit, and human diversity on display in San Francisco.

Annie was born and raised in Ireland. She worked as an illustrator in a Dublin agency before moving to San Francisco in 1989, two weeks before the earthquake.  Annie is inspired by San Francisco, Vogue magazine, comic books, Josef Frank textile designs, gardens, Mexican wrestlers, the short stories of Haruki Murakami, and her own dreams and daydreams. She doodles constantly.

Annie and Eric met in Berkeley in 1998, were married in 2001, and started 3 Fish Studios in 2007. From its original space in the Dogpatch to its now permanent place in the Ocean Beach Republic, the pair have created a dedicated space where they can make and show their work together, and invite people—neighbors and newbies alike—to do the same. 

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