The Art of the Print

A great way to experience and understand an artist is to see what they do with the print medium. Immediately one comes to realize that the point  of a print is not that it is cheaper, (though it IS), but that in some way it is more personal. It expresses something that other mediums may not reveal. From dry-point etchings to lithographs to mono-prints to woodblocks to linocuts to silk screens, prints call forth ingenuity and decisiveness, flair and playfulness. And skill: printmaking is not for sissies.

On the other hand a print can become the vessel through which an artist expresses their rage and ideals, or it reveals their malice or gives free rein to their humor. And of course a print can also have absolutely nothing in its pretty little decorative head except the desire to charm. Can you tell we love them?