Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Accessibility and Authenticity of Print Design

Essay for Print Design Scholarship by The Chelsy Tomashoff Memorial Scholarship for Print Design Excellence (https://thomasgroupprinting.com/print-design-scholarship/)

Print Design, which includes Lithography, Silkscreen, and Woodblock, provides wider access to an audience than traditional painting or drawing by allowing for multiple copies of the same work. In the digital age, when images can be easily copied and pasted on the computer and spread over the internet, print design provides an art form that fights against this trend of devaluing access to art and the effort of the artist by limiting the number of physical copies to a number set by the artist. As long as a physical copy of the work exists, the digital copy of the work will fail to provide an authentic experience as much as the physical original.

Print design returns the power of production, distribution, and profit to the artist because it simultaneously allows the artist to access a wider audience yet limits the audience specifically to those who paid to own the product, rather than letting it be duplicated and lose its value ad infinitum over the internet. With the advent of digital art and digital photography, some people declared an end to the traditional mediums such as painting and printmaking. But we now all know that the actual physical work of art is much more valuable and authentic than a digital copy that exists as pixels on a computer display.

Print design also allows for happy accidents and variations within the printmaking process. A silkscreen can have different color combinations or have certain color separations missing. How the artist aligns the paper can have some of the color separations go in slightly different positions as well. This means that each print is unique, unlike a digital copy which is exactly the same.

What this all means is that print design affirms the nature of people as not machines but people prone to mistakes and discoveries. Digital art and print design may appear similar on the surface but are worlds apart. Print design provides a tactile, tangible, and real experience to the viewer, as well as giving the artist the power of distribution and sale while giving the audience the power of physical ownership and patronage of art. I choose print design over digital art because people are meant to experience discovery in the production and authenticity in the product.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Africa

26 x 20 inches
Silkscreen and painting with waterbased ink on paper
June 2019

Goddess of Asymmetrical Symmetry

June 2016
26 x 20 inches
Silkscreen with water-based ink on paper

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Friend

Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 75 inches
2019-05-31
2019-05-30
2019-05-28

Monday, May 13, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Untitled II

Acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches


2018-05-16
2018-05-12

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rejection

40 x 25.75 inches
2019-04-25
Pen, colored pencil, marker, ink, and acrylic paint on paper

Friday, April 19, 2019

Rainbow

40 x 25.75 inches
Pen, colored pencil, and marker on paper
2019-04-18

Friday, April 12, 2019

Law of Jungle

24 x 18 inches, pen, colored pencil, marker and acrylic on paper
2019-04-12

Mt. Olympia

24 x 18 inches
2019-04-10
Pen, ink and marker on paper

Flag

2019-04-04
24 x 18 inches, pen, ink and marker on paper

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

Friday, February 15, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019