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: Toronto

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He tasted it on his way down”

The third print in my Summer 2019 series.  Inspired by the Dürer woodcut titled “Fall of Icarus” (1493) and as the song “The Squirming Coil.”  I also included the Budweiser Stage in the background, as well as the Toronto skyline 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 2 color variants: white/baby blue edition of 15, and a white/gray-blue edition of 9. Prints are now available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com 

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A.Duerer, Sturz des Ikarus - A.Duerer / The Fall of Icarus / Wood cut - A. Duerer, La Chute d'Icare

Dürer “Fall of Icarus” 1493

Summer Tour 2019: Bonnaroo

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“The workers they come back from their day in the field..”
The second of my 2019 Phish summer tour prints! For Phish’s 2 performances at Bonnaroo, I created a print inspired by the Dürer woodcut titled “Not Following Good Advice”, which he created for the Book of Fools (1498). I had the song “Jennifer Dances” in my mind when choosing this image for this print.

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 2 color variants: yellow/red edition of 20, and a red/purple edition of 3.  Prints are now available in my shop: www.joseeen.etsy.com

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Albrecht Dürer  – ‘VIII-not following good advice’-woodcut

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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Phish Riviera Maya

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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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Phish Mexico

I recently finished up a linocut poster for the Phish Riviera Maya shows in Mexico coming up this weekend.  I had been on the fence whether or not I wanted to do something for this show, since I normally just do illustrated setlists for the shows.  But the idea came organically, and with a 2 week Christmas break, I really had no reason not to.  I have done lucha libre inspired artwork in the past, and wanted to avoid the Mayan/Aztec based theme, so this seemed very fitting.

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Inspired by vintage lucha libre screenprinted posters, I  knew this was be challenge to accomplish.  My “studio” consists of whatever space I have in my apartment, which doesn’t allow enough space for screenprinting. The next logical option would be to recreate a poster via block print (linocut). Although I’m familiar with linocuts, I’ve never done one this size, which usually work best when using a press.  Although they were hand pulled, I actually used a baren, which helped create a more consistent black.

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My first couple pulls were actually 2 color blends, which was utilized by many lucha libre posters, but I wasn’t overall impressed with it.  I made a small edition of these, and may play around with it more in the future.

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I finally decided on a tri color background, which I saw on a few lucha posters, but are mainly with old concert posters.  Without the ability to screenprint, I had to find a way to mimic that look.  I did a few with a watercolor background, but it was a bit to light for me. acrylic took a lot of time, and gouache seemed like a likely winner, but then I remembered I have a ton of cans of spraypaint, and was able to get the color blending I wanted.

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watercolor, spray paint, gouache, acrylic variations

My “studio”

 

The linocuts are available in my shop right now, limited to an edition of 30. I have quite a few variations available, and will make them for sale shortly.

The Variations

Although I haven’t posted them for sale, they are all available, so you can contact me via social media (twitter, instagram, facebook)