Psyche Letterpress

by David D'Andrea October 09, 2018


This print was made for the Mortlake & Co "Ascent Through Descent" exhibition in September 2018. The art show was an event held within the Texts and Traditions Book Fair, an annual gathering of esoteric book sellers and scholars in Seattle.

My inspiration for the composition came to me while studying George Frederic Watts' painting "Psyche" at Tate Britain this past summer. The simple pose is so classic and elegant but alludes to some untold mystery. On screen images do it no justice! I obviously added some details to suit the occasion. The book that she is standing on shows William Blake's "Nebuchadnezzar", a direct reference to the theme of the show. The horned Moses bust is a nod to a very interesting Michelangelo mystery. Moses may have ascended to talk with God but upon descending Sinai he was said to be "horned". Whether it is a translation error or not, Michelangelo's sculpture is one of my favorites. The owl signifies night and knowledge, a clear vision in the darkness. The cobra, skull on its pedestal, and moon assist in illustrating the allegory.







I printed the piece on my Chandler & Price letterpress. The 7 x 10" makes for one of my larger pieces I've attempted.

You can purchase the print here.


David D'Andrea
David D'Andrea


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Ex Libris
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by David D'Andrea October 04, 2018

Three unique Ex Libris plates individually rendered by David D’Andrea, Glyn Smyth, and  Benjamin Vierling to beautify and personalize the discerning bibliophile’s home library.

Hand printed a Chandler & Price 1910 letterpress on Mohawk Superfine paper. Set includes four of each artists illustration, for a total of twelve plates.

Each plate features space for the book owner’s signature. Plates may be affixed to the interior cover of a book with the use of archival adhesive.

Letterpress for the Esoteric Book Fair at Mortlake & Co.
Letterpress for the Esoteric Book Fair at Mortlake & Co.

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CVLT Nation Interview
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by David D'Andrea July 24, 2018

Can you describe the process of developing your personal aesthetic/style? Was it an intentional, focused
path or did it take a lot of experimentation?
It has been a very natural progression. I’ve led a life obsessed with art and design. This obsession has been
fairly focused but also habitually morphing. As a visual artist I believe it’s best to play the long game, to
develop a style and body of work over decades. Any working artist will know that this can be tricky