Summer Tour 2019: Merriweather

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“Pfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff”
-Henrietta

The sixth print in my Summer 2019 Series.  For the Merriweather shows, I was inspired by another of Dürer’s prints that he created for Book of Fools, this one titled ” Impatience When Punished” (1494).  The Lizard Fool  makes another appearance (the first was in my Bonnaroo print), and I choose to replace the bagpipe with a vacuum, and included a guitar, a drill, and a Moog synthesizer in the foreground.

Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and printed with Supergraphic black ink by Bill Fick. Both editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper. Black and white are an edition of 30, and 2  watercolor variants of 9 each. Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ in background color.  I will have the prints with me on lot this weekend at the shows, and remaining prints will be available in my shop on Monday.

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Durer- Impatience when Punished (1494)

Summer Tour 2019: Charlotte

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“Passing through the corridor I came upon an aging knight
Who leaned against the wall in gnarly armor
He was on his way to see the king”

The fifth print in my Summer 2019 series. For the Charlotte show, I was  inspired by the Dürer woodcut titled “The Knight goes out and commands two scribes and two priests to compile this book” (1493) and the song Lizards.  This is my second print to feature the Lizards, depicting the first meeting between Col. Forbin and Rutherford the Brave. as well as the Rhombus in the background
Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and printed with Supergraphic black ink by Bill Fick. Both editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper. Black and white are an edition of 30, and a red/blue watercolor variant of 10. Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ in background color.  Prints are now available in my shop (with free shipping!) www.joseeen.etsy.com

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Durer- The Knight goes out and commands two scribes and two priests to compile this book” (1493)

Summer Tour 2019: Blossom

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“Looking for owls?” the young man asked..

The fourth print in my Summer 2019 series.  Inspired by the Dürer woodcut titled “The Owl in Fight with Other Birds” (1516) and the song Buffalo Bill.  This seems like a proper print for the Blossom show in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  My owl was drawn to be not as scary as the original print, and I made the leaf into a cherry blossom, as well and included the venue in the background.

Prints are 9 x12 on 11×14 paper, and printed with Supergraphic black ink by Bill Fick. Black and white editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper, and the color variants are printed on 98 lb mixed media paper. Black and white are an edition of 30, and a creamsicle variant of 20. A very limited amount of prints are available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com , the rest will be sold on lot at Blossom.

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Dürer “The Owl in Fight with Other Birds” (1516)

Summer Tour 2019: St Louis

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I excited to finally present the first of my 2019 Phish summer tour prints!  Continuing on the theme started by my Riviera Maya block print, I was inspired by the work of 15th century printmaker Albrecht Dürer.  I had been studying his work, as he was an early influence in my printmaking journey, and found many prints that I felt would lend themselves well as tour prints.  I started working on the blocks in January, and at this point have carved 8 of 13 blocks for the entirely of summer tour. I recently moved to a better (and larger!) living space, which means I no longer need to carve and print in the living room/kitchen! The move has delayed my work a bit, but as I get settled, I’ll be printing and carving the rest shortly!


For the tour opener in St. Louis, Missouri, I created a print inspired by the Dürer woodcut titled “Gerson” (1489). Jean Charlier de Gerson was Chancellor of the University of Paris,  who was forced to flee Paris after being suspected of leaning toward reform in the late 1300s.  This print was also inspired by the song “Ginseng Sullivan”, thus the ginseng instead of the unknown plant in the original, which can be seen in the bottom left corner of the print.  Although the song references the North Georgia hills, I was happy to find out that ginseng does grow in Missouri! You can also spot the Chaifetz Arena in the background, as well as the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch.

 

Prints are 9 x12 on 11×14 paper, and printed with Supergraphic black ink by Bill Fick.  Black and white editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper, and the color variants are printed on 98 lb mixed media paper.  I haven’t decided on the exact edition size, but these summer prints will be a much smaller edition than last year’s.  Prints will be available in my Etsy shop this Friday (5/10/19) around 6 pm eastern.  Expect more summer tour prints to be made available soon after!

 

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“Gerson” Albrecht Durer (1489)

Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and printed with Supergraphic black ink by Bill Fick.  Black and white editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper, and the color variants are printed on 98 lb mixed media paper.  I haven’t decided on the exact edition size, but these summer prints will be a much smaller edition than last year’s.  Prints will be available in my Etsy shop this Friday (5/10/19) around 6 pm eastern.  Expect more summer tour prints to be made available soon after!

EDIT 5/19: After a long delay, my prints are finally available in my shop!  The recent weather in my area (lots of rain) caused my prints to take forever to dry, one of the downsides of oil based ink.

Phish Riviera Maya 2019

I’m excited to present may latest linocut for Phish’s return to Riviera Maya in 2019.  Continuing my tradition of creating a block print for all their past shows in Mexico, I went bigger than ever before, carving a 12×18 block.  I was inspired by the work of Albert Dürer’s woodcut, The Four Horsemen (1498).  It was printed on 18×24  90lb paper, hand printed and pulled (really wish I had a press for this size!)  They are available in a limited signed edition of 30, including 2 small color variants.  Prints are available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com 

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I recently finished up a new linocut for Phish’s upcoming shows in Mexico. Prints are hand-pulled, and printed on 108 lb 11×14 paper, and limited to an edition of 50 (although there will be some color variants in the near future). Prints are available for purchase in my shop,  Joseeen.etsy.com.

A last minute decision, I was inspired to do something after attending their 12/28 show, as well as streaming the rest of the run.  Trying to come up with something appropriate for a Mexico run poster, I recalled the work of Jose Guadalupe Posada, who’s artwork is best associated with Day of the Dead.  I recently had several students choose him for a presentation in my class, so I actually learned quite a bit from them!  After looking at many of his prints I took elements from two of them, El Cometa del Centenario de la Independencia  (The Comet Marking the Centennial of Independence) and El Pequeño Adivinadorcito (The Young Diviner) to create my illustration.

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This is my largest edition to date, and marks the beginning of year full of block prints.  I hope to try some more complicated methods, as well as working larger, although this would require me to look into a printing press (and a bigger apt!)  I’ll be working on some color variants soon, and will be posting those here shortly!

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I’m happy to present my latest poster, this time for Phish’s 2016 Fall Tour.  Printed on multiple blocks, these prints are hand pulled, printed on 11×14 paper, and limited to a small edition of 20.

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I hadn’t planned to do any posters for this tour (aside from the illustrated setlists)  after having created 13 posters for each show/run of summer tour (having summers off gives me a lot of free time).  With school back in session, and a bunch of new responsibilities (guess who’s mentoring the gifted students!) I didn’t think I’d have time to work on anything for this tour.  That mentality didn’t last too long.  I ended up creating this poster idea, inspired by the song “Cars Trucks Buses”.  I wanted to try something new for this poster, the summer tour ones being ink and watercolor as well as digital.  I decided to go back to block printing, having enjoyed working in that medium for my 2016 Riviera Maya posters.

I decided to try something new for this poster, so I opted for a multi block linocut.  I had never done this before, so it was a bit of a challenge.  I used 3 blocks, first one for the background, a second for the color of the car, truck, bus, and the banner, and the final for the linework.  Registration was the trickiest thing, trying to make sure all the blocks lined up on the final print.

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I had some fun with the background color, mixing around colors in the yellow-red range, the end result being that every background is unique for every print.  Registration issues made the edition small, but I now have lots of freebies to give out with orders!  I might also do a small color variant edition, as well as some hand colored version if there is a demand for them.  Prints are available at www.phishart.com, as well as my etsy shop (where you can also check out my summer tour setlist posters.

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