Monday, April 16, 2012

Enrique Chagoya/mark warren jacques

Enrique Chagoya was born in Mexico in 1953. He is a painter / printmaker. He is known for his satirical work that is influenced by his migration to America in the 70's. He mashes up American pop culture images with Mesoamerican myth. He creates narratives that are inspired by ancient and contemporary art, religion, history, politics and comics. In order to make social commentary Chagoya juxtaposes political imagery such as Bush / Ronald Regain dressed like ballerinas or set in other ridiculous cartoonish situations. Enrique Chagoya studio economics and also contributed to political cartoons for a local newspaper before he moved to America. This was influential towards his satirical work.

Mark Warren Jacques was born in Columbus Ohio in 1984. He now works out of Portland Oregon. His work is heavily influences on his time spent in a monastery in the midwest. His visual vocabulary speaks of mysticism and religion. He creates symbols of humanity and is influenced by peace, kindness and serenity. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hannah Skoonberg

Hannah Skoonberg is a contemporary artist who creates beautiful relief prints inspired by the natural world. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with a concentration in printmaking, and currently lives in Georgia where she continues to expand on her series of works, many of which are influenced by her childhood camping trips and also by her religious practices—Zen Buddhism.

Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch was a painter and printmaker from Oslo, Norway. He dabbled in many styles throughout his career, but is often seen as one of the most important forerunners of the Expressionist movement.

Most of Munch's life is punctuated by tragedy, which explains the dark aesthetic and disturbing themes of much of his work. As a child he lost both his mother and sister to tuberculosis, and was left with his father—a serious man, the son of a priest, and incredibly discouraging when it came to Munch's interest in artistic expression. In accordance with his father's wishes, Munch attended a technical college in 1879 to study engineering, but left soon after his entrance to pursue a career in art.

His earlier works are mostly done in the French Impressionist style, but Munch soon became bored with this and moved on to experiment with Naturalism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism. His paintings reflected his efforts to work through his intense passion, anxiety, and sorrow, and ultimately lead to his exhibition in 1892 of a series of works entitled "The Frieze of Life," which featured six paintings exploring the themes of love, fear, death, melancholia, and anxiety. The show was highly recognized and received with great criticism, as much of Munch's works were—his paintings were disturbing and frightful, according to many critics.

Several years after this first exhibition of The Frieze of Life, Munch began to delve much further into the realm of printmaking. He experimented with a variety of techniques, and over his career produced thousands of prints as striking as the paintings he was most well known for.

Field Composition

Lynn Newcombe


Execution of Lady Jane Grey- Paul Delaroche

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Robert Rauschenberg / Tom Judd

Robert Rauschenberg is most famous for his Combines, which are combinations of painting and sculpture. He entered the art world 1950s during the period of transition between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. His time learning painting in school was heavily influenced by the ideals of the bauhaus. I think that both of these factors contribute significantly to why his artwork looks the way it does. I would describe it as a more expressionistic form of pop art. He used multiple printmaking processes such as silk screen and lithographs, in conjunction with painting, photography, and sculpture.

Tom Judd is a painter whose pieces are similar to printmaking in the way that they are layered. He uses found photos, botanical illustrations, maps, and other such imagery to build up layered oil paintings, and in the process, using some printmaking techniques. By creating depth through layering, Judd's paintings evoke memories that draw the viewer in to look even deeper into the history of the composition. Judd's paintings focus on the past by using nostalgic memorabilia that has strong cultural significance and by letting the past layers of the paintings inform the new ones.

experimental printmaking

Crystal Wagner — Bio Dome

Experimental Print


Monday, April 9, 2012

Experimental Print example

"Homage to the Un-Square and My Cat Frida."

Enrique Chagoya

etching, aquatint, and drypoint with hand additions. 2009.

Experimental Prints

Rachel Gross
Two-color etching with aquatint, photo-copy, and softground

In Grenadine
Three-color multi-plate etching with aquatint, softground and hardground

Discreet Projection
Hardground and softground etching with drypoint and relief roll