CORVALLIS - An exhibit of prints and "hand-touched" prints by artist Wayne Thiebaud will go on display at Oregon State University's Fairbanks Gallery Feb. 15.

Thiebaud gained fame in the early 1960s and became one of the West Coast's most prominent artists. In the process of making prints, he saved the proofs and has reworked them with assorted media, including pen and ink, graphite, crayons, pastels, watercolor, charcoal, tempera, oils and acrylics.

"I think the most compelling part of drawing and painting is the continuing thrill of learning about how they can be made," said the 78-year-old Thiebaud.

The artist is not alone in hand-working his prints, said Douglas Russell, gallery director.

"Rembrandt, Goya, Degas, Gauguin, Picasso and Matisse are a few of the many artists who influenced (Thiebaud's) work," Russell said.

Theibaud's paintings are in museums throughout the country, including the Hirshhorn in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Though officially retired, Theibaud continues to teach at the University of California-Davis, and he still paints and plays tennis daily.

Fairbanks Gallery is located in Fairbanks Hall on the OSU campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit will continue through March 9.

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Doug Russell, 541-737-5009