Apr 082019

SEWING LESSONS:  sculpture, painting, hybrid prints

Opening Friday 3 May 2019

Artist talk Saturday 4 May

3 to 19 May 2019 Sat & Sun 12 – 5 pm

Sewing Lessons fuses and old narrative to the new world through old and new technologies.  Materials and images contrast the natural and build environments.

At the same time, each piece undermines its own story by the questions it evokes.  Sewing Lessons is a complex call to consider the material world:  who makes it and how it functions in modern life.

Mar 072019

The Burnaby Art Gallery will be showing my print work at their satellite gallery, Bob Prittie Library Metrotown, 25 March to 27 May.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to show these prints.  Most of them are, literally,  hot off the press.

Here are a few of the Sewing Lessons themed hybrid prints that will be on display on the 2nd floor gallery.

Number 5  a/p  21 x 22 in. a/p

serigraph, monoprint

The Sewing Lessons project began in 2014 with an installation piece.  It’s really got a hold on me, and I’ve since produced many works related to this theme, including sculpture and painting.

Sewing Lessons 1  1/5  20 x 21 in.

This print is part of that installations piece I did in 2014.  (Check out my post on April 2015 for more information.)

It’s photo etch on copper plate.  That pattern provided a matrix, both materially and metaphorically,  for many other prints.

I’ll be showing this piece, plus paintings, and sculpture, at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 3 – 19 May 2019.   The show is called Sewing Lessons, of course..

The installation opened the door to experimenting with other technologies for plate making;  cnc engraved and laser etched plates.

Or E – Back A  a/p   22 x 22 in.  cnc engraving, chine colle, monoprint

The matrix for this print is a cnc engraved plate.  I added two types of chine colle, and copper foil.

Cut 1  11 x 15 in. 1/1/15  laser etching, chine colle, and monoprint

This matrix for this piece was a micro view of a photo of tree bark.  I converted it into an image that was laser etched on lexan plate.  It’s a tricky process, as the laser can melt the plate.

Contrast AB  8 x 10 in.  1/1/15 cnc engraving, chine colle, monoprint

This plate was made using cnc and engraved on lexan on an xy table.  It’s based on a photo of my sewing machine.

I’m very excited about my direction in hybrid printmaking.  I’d appreciate your comments or question about my work.

Sewing Lessons:  Hybrid Prints

Bob Prittie Library 2nd floor  25 Mar to 27 May 2019

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Jan 122019

Tampa Museum of Art

Tampa’s fine art museum, designed by architect Stanley Saitowitz, opened in 2010.

It’s beautifully sited in Curtis Hixon Park, by River Walk, in the culture and entertainment district of Tampa.

The exterior is impressive and understated, with interior gallery spaces that harmoniously showcase the work.

Aphrodite Reimagined graces from above in the deep cube open space of the second floor.

The aqua toned translucent cast resin sculpture was created for the show by Patricia Cronin.

Imposing at over twelve feet in height, elegant Aphrodite looks out over River Walk passersby.

LOVE  Robert Indiana

This iconic sculpture, and Mr. Indiana, have a very special place in my art loving soul.

The LOVE image has humble origins.  It was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965.  It became the basis for his 1970 sculpture.

One of the first art posters I bought in the late 60’s was of this image, from his serigraph LOVE.

It was, after all, the season of love and peace for my generation.  I was certain that his image embodied all that was good in humanity.

Decades later, Robert Indiana’s HOPE sculpture captured the imagination of America, and supported the election of US President Barack Obama.

He donated the proceeds of the images profits, over 1 million dollars US, to Obama’s election campaign.

USA 2016

Robert Indiana’s original sculpture is made of humble materials;  wood, iron, paint, and skull.

USA was painstakingly replicated in a foundry in Switzerland in 2016.  Three sculptures, and one artist proof were produced.

His are the most complex bronzes in contemporary sculpture.

He loved language, using it simply and powerfully in his work.

Many of his pieces were accompanied by poems that expressed the deepest humanity.

Robert Indiana had a broad practise, working in printmaking, wood, iron, Cor-ten steel, marble, and bronze.

He referred to himself as a ‘sign painter’ throughout his life as an artist.

This exhibition of his work at the Tampa Art Museum is comprehensive and extraordinary.

It includes intimate drawings. serigraphs, and sculpture, both early and late.

Significantly, both USA sculptures, the early original in wood, iron, and skull, and the stunning painted bronze completed in 2016,  are shown together for the first time in this show at the Tampa Museum of Art.


Dec 032018
Behold!  An invitation to visit Ground Zero Printmaking studio for our annual holiday sale. I’ve been a member for the past 15 years, and always enjoy showing a selection of my prints, along with other members, in celebration of the holiday season.
Our Open House provides guests with an opportunity to meet local print makers in a working studio.  Many fine art limited edition prints will be for sale, and are great value if you’re adding to, or beginning your original art collection!
Ground Zero Print Studio is a fascinating space.  In historic Chinatown, the atmospheric studio is unique and well worth a visit.  We’re located on the third floor, up well worn stairs, just next to Fan Tan Alley.

Here is one of the mono prints from my large Planet edition.

Lunar Study 2  1/1/15  mono print   6 x 9″

Lunar Study 4  1/1/16 mono print 6 x 9″

I’ll have a variety of limited edition and mono prints at Ground Zero on Saturday.

Hope to see you there!

Nov 212018

Inspired by Textile

This recent painting reflects my love of textile. I’m inspired by traditional fabric and have developed an unusual collection during my travels.

The theme of my big studio project, Sewing Lessons, is the metaphoric thread that leads through my recent works on canvas.  It’s only recently that I’ve noticed and acknowledged this strong connection.  I’ve given myself permission to enjoy the conversation on canvas.

Sewing Lessons is a large body of work that encompasses printmaking, painting, photography, and print installation.  It’s been in the works for about four years.  I’m now preparing to showcase my labours at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria,  in May 2019.  The print work will be on display in Burnaby at the Burnaby Art Gallery in their satellite space, at Bob Prittie Library, 2nd floor, Metrotown, starting in March 2019.

In the paintings that follow, I use pumice to create texture and carve into the surface. I’ve been working on this piece for a year. This is the third iteration, and it’s finally done. It lay dormant, and hung where I could see it everyday.  Putting Smile aside in the spring, I worked on prints and sculpture for Sewing Lessons.  Last month it went back on the easel for final touches.

Smile  2018 36 x 48 ” acrylic and pumice on canvas

Below is more work taking a cue from textile.

Verge 2015 36 x 48″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

The Blues 2014 36 x 48″ acrylic and pumice on canvas

Off Macaulay Point 2012 36 x 36″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

Big Red  2013 36 x 48″  acrylic and pumice on canvas

I plan to start another canvas immediately.  I’m energized by my new approach to the work, appreciating the strong link between the tradition of fine textiles and my painting.




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