Posts Tagged ‘ Sugar Skull ’

All Over Bar The Shooting

Well last Friday and Saturday, myself and six of my friends set ourselves up in a DIY warehouse space, usually home for underground gigs and band rehearsals. We hung our works around the room, set up a projector at one end of the room to play our favourite westerns and spent the night hanging out with all our friends both old and brand new.

Above are the woodcuts I had on display. I side-stepped the often expensive job of framing all my works with the help of some foamcore, bull-dog clips and a few bits of balsawood – setting up what I think was an aesthetically please display.

I have to send out a big lot of thanks, not only to the wonderful folks who came and bought my prints but all those who braved the unwelcome inclement weather over the two days of the show.

As far as I’m concerned, it was the most fun I’ve ever had at an art show and the Spaghetti Western theme played a big part of it! When was the last time you got to sit in a gallery, surrounded by some awesome art, having a drink and watching ‘A Few Dollars More’?

Here are all the works I contributed. They will appear online for sale HERE in the next day or so. Make sure you check back in.

Title: Lee Van Cleef  (2012)

Colour Woodcut on Kozo paper

45cm x 18cm

Edition of 10

Title: Two Horses Too Many (2011)

Woodcut & Gouache on Rives Etching Paper

36 x 15cm

Edition of 5

Title: Draw (2011)

Colour Woodcut on Kozo paper

36 x 15cm
Edition of 10

Title: El Corazon (2012)

Woodcut & Gouache on Rives Etching Paper

20.5 x 29cm

Open Edition

Title: El Nopal (2012)

Woodcut & Gouache on Rives Etching Paper

20.5 x 29cm

Open Edition

Title: Who Are You?

Woodcut & Gouache on Rives Etching Paper

29,5 x 13cm

Edition of 5

Title: Sugar Skull (2011)

Colour Woodcut on Kozo paper

20 x 35cm

Edition of 3

Title: Make Something (2011)

Colour Woodcut on Kozo paper

29cm x 29cm

Edition of 10

Title: El Mariachi (2011)

Woodcut (Test Print) on Butcher’s Paper

32 x 39.5cm

Test Pressing

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It’s all just ink anyway…

I like tattoos. I have a couple of them now and have been slowly acquiring them over the last 17 years. One thing that making woodcuts has done has been to shift my impulse of making the transient image permanent, from tattoos to paper. I often see pretty images or have a strong emotional connection to something with a defining visual element and think “that would make a great tattoo here”. Sometime later, It might in fact make a great woodcut – a process I am now familiar with.

But recently I had a moment of life imitating art imitating life where my love of Mexican culture and their unique spiritual beliefs (as well as the brilliant artistic stylings of Mike Giant) morphed into a tattoo that I wanted to get. A few sessions later my friend Tim decorated my forearm with a sugar-skull, some roses in red and black and scroll in Spanish. This is the side of my arm with the sugar-skull…

I love the tattoo and after looking at it for a few weeks I got the idea of trying a woodcut of… well of my new tattoo. I made some adjustments seeing as I was working on flat rectangular surface and not my skinny old arm. I’m real happy with the print. Both colours are off the one block too.

I gave Tim a print today to say thank you for the the great work he did. I’ll now file this one away seeing as I already get to look at it everyday. Looks like my love affair with ink won’t dry up any time soon!