Professor of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
The Innovative Color Woodcut Printmaking
This demonstration will present my approach to western-based color woodcut printmaking, a process with open-ended possibilities. My approach is not technically tradition-bound, but inventive, with contemporary, creative methods, that can be spontaneous, simple and direct, yet allow for color complexity and the evolution of the print through stages, layers, time and possibilities. I will discuss materials used, cutting techniques, oil-base ink and modifiers, and printing by hand as well as by etching press. Beyond the technical, I will be able to raise important issues concerning printmaking as a process for analysis of visual and conceptual options and creative improvisation, and the role of handmade work in today's technological world. A portfolio of my work will be available for informal viewing during the demonstration, and I will be able to discuss my ideas and influences.
My artwork, teaching and approach to the woodcut has had significant impact upon the acceptance and revival of interest in the woodcut print in the U.S. and abroad, and has particularly affected artists in Finland through my initial workshop taught at Grafiikkakeskus in Jyväskylä in 1986.