Phish MSG NYE

My final block print of 2019, created for Phish’s  NYE run. The 14th in my yearlong series inspired by the work of Albrecht Dürer. This print was inspired by part of “The Tapestry of Michelfeld” (date ND) and includes several birds found in Phish songs, as well as Trey’s dog Marley.  As I researched the image, I found it interesting that it was actually based off a tapestry made about a 100 years prior, this being a recreation of it.  Prints are currently available in my shop.

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It’s been quite a year working on all these block prints! I didn’t expect that it would take nearly all my free time, but it was a fun experience.  For those asking, yes there will be a Dick’s Run linocut, hopefully before the end of the month.  I had opted to not make one at the time, mainly since I was back at school teaching, and had too many other things on my plate.

As for what 2020 brings, I’m still not sure.  A new year will bring a new theme and possible medium for my Phish prints, although I see myself going back to printmaking for some song illustrations or Grateful Dead inspired work.

 

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 Albrecht Dürer -“The Tapestry of Michelfeld” (date ND)

Tapestry of Michelfeld-NYE

Phish Fall Tour 2019 Linocut

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“..Scent of a mule, you better watch out where you go
Take your laser beams away”

My block print for Phish’s 2019 Fall Tour. The 13th in my yearlong series based off  the work of Albrecht Dürer. This print was inspired by “Flight into Egypt” (1505) and the Phish song “Scent of a Mule”
Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, hand carved and hand printed on 140 lb watercolor paper with Supergraphic black oil based ink by Bill Fick.. Limited to an edition of 50, with a color variant coming soon. Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ .

Prints are now available in my shop!

 

 

Phish Summer 2019: Alpine Valley

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“..They call me the sloth
way down in the ghetto..”

The twelfth print in my Summer 2019 series. This print was created during the Alpine Valley run, and finished shortly after.  I was inspired by the song The Sloth, and several Dürer woodcuts of St. Christopher. This was a fun block to carve, and the subject matter is reminiscent of  a lot some of my older work.  Dürer made several woodcuts of St Christopher throughout his life, which made deciding a bit harder.  I ended up looking at 2 different ones.  I based the background from a print he did in 1501, and added the venue on the far right.  For the figure, I looked at an earlier print he did in 1495, which itself was modeled after traditional paintings of Bacchus.
Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and  hand carved and printed. 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 ruby 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!

Phish Summer 2019: Fenway Park

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“Thunder calls through waterfalls
Rising tides and ocean walls
I can hear you when you sigh..”

The tenth print in my Summer 2019 series. This print was created during the Fenway run, and finished shortly after.  I had chosen image a while ago, not realizing how apropos it was.  For Fenway, I was inspired by Dürer’s print of Saint Sebaldus (1514).  Sebaldus is the patron saint against cold weather, and was a hermit who took residence near Vicenza, Italy (where I grew up!)  He usually depicted holding the church he helped start in Nuremberg.  It seemed fitting to have him holding Fenway Park, which many may consider a church in it own way.  This was a challenging block for me, both for the amount of time I had (started 1st night of Fenway on Friday, finished carving the following Monday), as well as trying to carve a 3×4 Fenway Park.

Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and  hand carved and printed. 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 pink 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: www.joseeen.etsy.com

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Albrecht Dürer- St Sebaldus (1514)

Summer Tour 2019: SPAC

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“I must inquire, Wilson, can you still have fun?”

The ninth print in my Summer 2019 series.  This is the print that almost didn’t make it with me at Saratoga Springs.  I was actually carving it on lot in Camden, which was fun because it actually helped a lot of people understand the process.  I finished carving it, and printed them the night before the shows.  For SPAC, I opted for the horse racing theme (yeah, I know it’s been done before!) Albrecht Dürer had done a lot of prints with horses, but his wood cut “Saint George and the Dragon” (1504) caught my eye with its king in the background, which made me instantly think of Wilson.

Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and  hand carved and printed. 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 lime green variant of 10.  Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ in background color. I had these with me on lot at SPAC and the remaining  prints are now available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com

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Albrecht Dürer- “Saint George and the Dragon” (1504) 

Summer Tour 2019: Camden

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“And she knew that what she made would be the finest in the nation”

The eighth print in my Summer 2019 series.  I was very excited to work on this for my hometown show! In the hopes of some dark jams and evil Phish during the  Camden run, I looked at some of Dürer’s prints for the Book of  Revelations.  I took a portion of his print “The Whore of Babylon” (1498) and reinterpreted it as Reba on a Multi-beast on the banks of the Delaware with the BB&T burning in the background.  They actually ended up playing Reba, Tela, and Antelope during the run, but no Sloth.

Prints are 9×12 on 11×14 paper, and  hand carved and printed. . Both editions are printed on 140 lb watercolor paper. Black and white are an edition of 30, and a watercolor variant of 7, as well as edition variants.  Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ in background color. I had these with me on lot at Camden and the remaining  prints are now available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com

 

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Dürer -The Whore of Babylon, from The Apocalypse (1498)

Summer Tour 2019: Bangor

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“Up the rigging take in sail mind the skipper we’ll not fail”

The seventh print in my Summer 2019 Series. For the Bangor shows I was inspired by another of Dürer’s prints that he created for Book of Fools, this one titled ” Disregard of Misfortune” (1494). As well as the song The Moma Dance. I also included the venue in the background and some fitting choppy waters, based off the weather forcast for the shows.

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 watercolor variant of 9 . Due to the nature of the process each print may slightly differ in background color.  Prints are currently available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com

 

 

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Dürer- Disregard of Misfortune (1494)