American Woodcut Printmaking

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"Woodcut is a relief printing technique in printmaking. An artist carves an image into the surface of a block of wood-typically with gouges-leaving the printing parts level with the surface while removing the non-printing parts. Areas that the artist cuts away carry no ink, while characters or images at surface level carry the ink to produce the print. The block is cut along the wood grain (unlike wood engraving, where the block is cut in the end-grain). The surface is covered with ink by rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer), leaving ink upon the flat surface but not in the non-printing areas." -Wikipediaengravings" -Wikipedia


Birds & Poppies: Large-Scale Woodcuts by Richard Ryan is a 2018 exhibit at the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature, University of Richmond Museums which says: "The University of Richmond Museums presents Birds & Poppies: Large-Scale Woodcuts by Richard Ryan on view January 16 through July 2, 2018, in the Harnett Museum of Art. Richard Ryan (American, born England, 1950) is a contemporary artist based in Massachusetts. The works in this exhibition demonstrate Ryan's approach to the large-scale woodcut. Each print is the result of his exploration of images as simple as a vase with nine poppies and elegant birds seen in profile."  Accessed 7/18

California's Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History is a 2016 exhibit at the Reese Bullen Gallery - Humboldt State University which says: "The exhibition features artist Tom Killion's Japanese-style woodcut prints, which vividly portray the coast's ever-changing moods and diverse formations. From Southern California to Humboldt County, Killion's work colorfully captures the meeting of land and sea." Also see 10/12 feature from In The Make  Accessed 9/17

The Figure in Woodcuts - Jerry B. Walters was a 2016 exhibit at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, which says: "His specialty is woodcuts. 'I am truly excited by the relief process of woodcuts,' he said. 'I think this is because the process seems to be one that combines the disciplines of drawing, sculpture, and printmaking.'" Accessed 12/16

Gustave Baumann in California is a 2017 exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art which says: "Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) was a pioneer in the development of the color woodcut in the United States. Although he is best known for his bucolic scenes of the Midwest and his majestic imagery of the American Southwest, he made twelve powerful color woodcuts depicting the natural beauty of the Golden State." Also see the press release. Accessed 4/17

James Todd: Looney Toones is a 2017 exhibit at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture  which says: " In this exhibition and the accompanying catalog, Todd has reinterpreted his childhood drawings through woodcut printing, the medium for which he is perhaps best known today." - To read more after exhibit closes, go to "Past Exhibitions" section of museum website. Also see 6/15/17 article in Missoula Independent.  Accessed 8/17

Joseph Lappie: Personal Mythologies is a 2018 exhibit at the Figge Art Museum which says:"Beginning about 10 years ago, Lappie began to shift traditional notions of printmaking, wherein the print is considered the artistic product, by creating installations of the carved wood blocks used to create prints. This exhibition includes three substantial bodies of work in this mode. By including a variety of Lappie's work, the exhibition will highlight his range as a printmaker and as an artist."  Also see artist's website    Accessed 3/18

Mark Strong: Prosaic Exceptionalism is a 2018 exhibit at the Harwood Museum, University of New Mexico which says: "The Harwood Museum of art is pleased to announce the exhibition of prints by local printmaker Mark Strong. This three week Studio 238 Pop-Up exhibition reveals the colorful and contemporary imagery of the detritus of our surroundings. From beer cans to matchbooks, the banal becomes celebrated in the delicate process of Strong's hand carved prints." Accessed 8/18

White-Line Color Woodcuts is a 2017 exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum which says: "The white-line color woodcut was an early twentieth-century innovation that allowed artists to print multiple colors from a single carved woodblock. Originating with the Provincetown Printers in Massachusetts, the technique offered simplicity of execution as well as a painterly result. Featuring beautiful examples of white-line woodcuts ranging in subject, style, and complexity, this installation, along with a display of Arts and Crafts decorative arts, complements the harmonious ideals of Frank Lloyd Wright's Little Library, on permanent view at the Museum." Also see "The making of a 'white-line' print" by Jeanne Norman Chase. Accessed 6/17

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