Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Jerry Wayne Downs




I have been wanting to write some posts about artists that I have worked with in the past and I keep getting deadlines which makes it difficult for me to think about writing. This year I wanted to dedicate a post every other week for a while to some of the more interesting and unique artists that I have had the pleasure of working with and for. Today I am featuring the art work of Jerry Wayne Downs. This is truly an amazing print, not just the subject but the print itself is astounding! That is due to Jeff Wasserman the master printer. Jeff has to channel the artist to paint and see the way the artist sees to totally capture the artists vision. Jeff paints on mylar so that every line and brushstroke is exactly as the artist dictates through the original. Then he exposes the emulsified screen with the mylar separations in a vacumn table to a high powered light. The screens are then washed out and the emulsion washes out of the areas that have been painted on the mylar. I only printed on this one piece for Jerry but the image is so special and impactful that I wanted to share it with all of you. One great thing about being a printmaker for well known and special artists is that you receive a printers proof as part of your pay so my collection of prints is vast, unique and wonderful and I hope to share more with you in the future.
I included 2 views because it is such a large print I couldn't capture the whole thing in one shot. The 1st view is a wider view and the 2nd is more of a closeup view.

5 comments:

Ces said...

I like "The Matinee". I think it is so nice of you to feature these artists on your blog.

What a complicated process. I am totally lost and this is something new I found out about you:

"One great thing about being a printmaker for well known and special artists is that you receive a printers proof as part of your pay so my collection of prints is vast, unique and wonderful and I hope to share more with you in the future."

Wow! You are the special one.

kj said...

wow, val. i wish i better understood this process you are describing. you have such talent and creativity all around you.

where shall it be: paris, california or provincetown? i have to start visualizing the intent....

:)

ValGalArt said...

I should have mentioned that this is all handprinted, not by a machine but by 3 guys and me. The boss Jeff would handpaint the seperations for a piece like this because it is more painterly than most silkscreen prints. That's whay I said it's astounding because you don't usually see this kind of detail with this form of printing. It's generally flat open spaces of colour. Jeff is a true pioneer when it comes to printing and he loves a challenge, that's what causes the best art to happen. Thank you for your sweet comments. Paris or Provincetown work for me girls!

isay said...

handprinted wow! i would be looking forward to your tribute every other week. it is very interesting and creative. you are all lucky working together and sharing each others talents....

LDahl said...

Val, you always make life a bit more special!