The signed 1965 aquatint titled ‘Horseman’ was created by the American artist John Fenton. As a painter and printmaker Fenton studied the Art Students League in New York and Atelier 17 in Paris; he is known for his mastery in both mediums.
Aquatint is an etching process where tone is achieved by applying fine particles of acid-resistant material, such as powder resin, to a plate. The plate is then immersed in an acid bath, allowing the acid to etch into the plate between the grains of resin. When the printing process takes place, the accumulation of small spots creates a textured area with tonal effects similar to a watercolour wash.