The epic tale of the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse Printmaking Program. The Printmaking program is directed by Joel Elgin and features the odd collection of the many PrintFools who enroll, print and exist from semester to semester in the Shop of Tears.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paul Nash

Want a job after graduation PrintFools? You are well trained to be "war artists". And certainly the conditions are right. Discover Paul Nash before you rush to enlist...

Paul Nash: ‘I am no longer an artist, I am a messenger to those who want the war to go on for ever… and may it burn their lousy souls’

Paul Nash, Poster for The Void of War exhibition, May 1918

Paul Nash (1889-1946) Shell Bursting, Paschendeale

Paul Nash (1889-1946) German Double Pill Box, Gheluvelt

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Ready for the Mississippi SteamRoll 2017?

Some details!


Saturday, April 01, 2017

Percy Delf Smith


Most printmakers know the etchings of the German printmakers who spoke out against the horrors of the war:

'The Match Seller' from 1920 by Otto Dix (1891-1969)

Here’s an English printmaker who made brilliant etchings with HUGE content:

Percy Delf Smith (1882-1948)

The Dance of Death

 The Dance of Death No. 1: Death forbids

 The Dance of Death No. 3: Death awed

The Dance of Death No. 7: Death intoxicated

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Time to meet... Frances Jetter

Welcome back PRINTFOOLS!

Time to meet:

Frances Jetter

“Political and social subject matter has long been the focus of Frances Jetter’s prints, artist’s books, and drawings. Her images have illustrated articles in publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, The Nation, the Village Voice and The Progressive.”

Republicans Against Choice

Linocut, 1992

From, “Refugee”

Jetter’s artist’s book about her grandfather (who came to America in 1911) and the times in which he lived.

"The Damned"
24" x 36" spread with digital chine colle´

linocut with digital chine colle´

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Friday, February 24, 2017

and we return to Printmakers At War

We continue with our semester's plan of waging war against the madness that sours our beautiful lives...

 Käthe Kollwitz 

"This is Plate 7 of Kollwitz' Peasants' War cycle. The defeated prisoners have been herded together for punishment and execution."

Käthe Kollwitz

The Prisoners


etching with aquatint on paper

height: 32.8 cm width: 42.9 cm

"In a letter of 1902, Kollwitz wrote about Losbruch, "I consider this Peasants' War print to be my best work and I am rather happy about it....This is indeed a Revolt; it explodes off the page as the peasants surge forth, there is an unmistakeable determination to fight in their haggard faces..."

Kollwitz, Käthe, 1867 - 1945

Losbruch (Charge )(Outbreak), Plate V from the series Bauernkrieg (Peasants' War)


soft ground etching, textile print and photogravure on paper
sheet: 22 x 28 3/4 in.; 55.88 x 73.025 cm; image: 9 1/8 x 22 11/16 in.; 23.1775 x 57.6263 cm

"Sheet 3 of The Peasants' War series... one of Kollwitz' most famous images: a peasant sharpening his scythe and dreaming of revenge."

Käthe Kollwitz, German, 1867–1945

Beim Dengeln (Sharpening the Scythe), plate 3 from Bauernkrieg (Peasants' War)

1905 published 1921
Etching, engraving, soft-ground etching, and photomechanical tone
Plate: 298 x 298 mm (11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in.); Sheet: 631 x 443 mm (24 13/16 x 17 7/16 in.)

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Be prepared BabyPrintFools to explore the idea of a series...

Sunday, February 05, 2017

More Madness and more danger for the babies...

More Madness and more danger for the babies...

REMBRANDT Harmensz van Ryn, fec. (1606-1669), artist

Christ with the Sick around Him, Receiving Little Children (known as The Hundred Gilder Print ).
Etching, drypoint, and burin/

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669., Dutch.
Title     Study from the Nude 1646.
etching on paper
9.84 x 16.83 cm

Callot, Jacques, French
The Gallows Tree; plate from the "Miseries of War" series1621

A few centuries later... a Michael Mazur etching: 

Mazur, Michael, 1935 - 2009
Confrontation from The Artist and The Model 1968
etching printed in black on paper
25 x 37 7/8 in.; 63.5 x 96.2025 cm

And a Michael Mazur series: 

Michael Mazur
Modules of Madness II, from Images from a Locked Ward

Michael Mazur
The Room for Sleeping, from Images from a Locked Ward

Michael Mazur
Guardian of a Corner, from Images from a Locked Ward

Michael Mazur
Bound Hands Swing, from Images from a Locked Ward

Michael Mazur, one of my printmaking heroes produced the portfolio Images From  a Locked Ward.

no need to comment (I broke the comments, oops) just look and read.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

WEEK 2 PrintFools – A Week of MADNESS


Gillray's 'A Voluptuary under the Horrors of Digestion’, 1792

King George III was born in 1738 , he suffered by prohyria, a maddening disease. Due to several attacks he eventually lost his grip on reality. He died blind, deaf and mad at Windsor Castle on January 29th in 1820, at the age of 81.


Stay tuned to see a lot of James Gillray this semester as we discover printmakers who bravely etched to improve society. If you can't wait - go here for more: 

All Fools! Look at Sue Coe!

Sue Coe, b. 1951. Thomas–Galvaston Hostpital, 1994, Drypoint, Sheet (Irregular): 13 by 9 3/4 inches (33 by 24.8 centimeters).

 Fowl Plague, 2007. etching in sepia on cream Rives paper 4 x 3"

Picture of the Moment
Unpresidented, 2017 linocut

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

What Lurks???

Remember we began the past semester with the the Eve of Destruction?

Lets enter the UNKNOWN this semester with spiritual printmaking guides at our sides. 

These Printmakers have shown the world that stranger things have happened...


Thomas Nast (1840 - 1902 )
""Stranger Things Have Happened"""
1879 wood engraving
Description      cartoon from December 27, 1879 issue of Harper's Weekly
Collection        Minneapolis College of Art and Design Collection

That laws have been broken...

Thomas Nast, North American; American, 1840 - 1902
Can the Law Reach Him?
1872 Wood engraving
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

 NAST Thomas - Landau (GERMANY) 27 September 1840--7 December 1902 Guayaquil (ECUADOR). Nast was brought to the United States in 1846 and grew up in New York City.

In 1862 he became a staff artist for Harper's Weekly and his nearly 25 years' association with the magazine were the most fruitful of his career. 

And that Printmakers don't cower ...

Artist: Art Hazelwood
Location: San Francisco, CA
Poster Title: Impeach the Beast, 2008
Artwork Medium: Screen print
Poster Medium: Screen print
Size: 24”x18”

This semester the littlest, baby PrintFools begin a journey...

St. Christopher, dated 1423

Diamond Sutra. Cave 17, Dunhuang, ink on paper
British Library Or.8210/P.2 AD 868.

The Bigger PrintFools will Play With Color?

Pablo Picasso
JACQUELINE AU CHAPEAU DE PAILLE (Jacqueline in a Straw Hat) , 1962
Original linocut printed in five colors from one block on wove paper. 
13 3/4 x 10 5/8 in

they will watch the little video below ...

Woodcutting printmaker Bridget Henry demonstrates:
The Reduction Woodcut:

Malaquias Montoya -
Mujer zapatista/Zapatista Woman
1998| Lithograph

And the Biggest PrintFools will hopefully, finally learn to "Resist the devil"...

(Click this link)

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Friday, December 09, 2016

End of the Semester - End of the World. Posada

It's the end of the world (semester) as we know it...

 We now enter the time of the bad monkeys

Posada, Jose Guadalupe (Aguascalientes, 1852 - Mexico City, 1913) 

Corrido: El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) 'Plate One'

Corrido: El Fin del Mundo (The End of the World) 'Plate Two'

Calavera: Guerra Mundial (Skeleton: World War)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Scary PrintFool Week

The week of FEAR has finally arrived and Print Babies have much to fear!

"... Given the superstitious belief that witches used babies in producing flying potions..."

Marcantonio and Agostino de Musi called Agostino Veneziano Raimondi, Lo Stregozzo [The Witches’ Procession], after Raphael or Giulio Romano, 1520s, engraving,

“Matthew Hopkins Witch Finder Generall”
1647 Woodcut

Frontispiece to a tract entitled "The Discovery of Witches" illustrating a passage on pp. 2-3; Matthew Hopkins stands in the middle of a room with two old women sitting either side of him and five animals identified as their familiars.

Witch shooting a man in the foot with an enchanted arrow made from a hazel wand

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Linda maestra! [Pretty Teacher!], plate 68 from Los Caprichos, 1797-1999, Etching, burnished aquatint and drypoint,

 Now go and read this to learn more about the why behind the creation of scary prints:

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Frances Myers: 1936 – 2014


I'm hoping you recall the Frances Myers prints we saw on last weeks epic field trip to Madison.

Frances Myers, Les faveurs de Dieu,
1993. Etching, 36 x 29 ½ inches. 

Frances Myers Martrydom  
Color woodcut

Frances  was a GIANT in the printmaking world and a couple of printfools left UWL to do graduate work with her at UW.

 Watch this little movie about her, playing close attention to her subject:


And, those wood cut tools are getting as dull as... (fill in the blank).

Tool sharpening: 

And, Babies - watch this to learn how the figures that guard the shop were printed...


Friday, September 30, 2016

Streets of VOMIT!!!

OktoberVomitFest Week - 
Shops open - go in, don't leave!

William Hogarth. Gin Lane

Copy and paste the link below to go to this site: 
 You are safe in the Shop - maybe not on the couch...

Pablo Picasso
Satyr and Sleeping Woman (Faune Dévoilant une Femme), 1936
Etching and lift ground aquatint
12 3/8 x 16 1/4 inches (31.4 x 41.3 cm)
So stay in the Shop - and study all 80 of the Goya prints from the The Disasters of War:
 ...They Are Like Wild Beasts:

The Disasters of War: And They Are Like Wild Beasts, 1863

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746-1828
Etching, 1st Edition
plate: 15.5 x 21 cm. (6 1/8 x 8 1/4 in); sheet: 24.1 x 32.4 cm. (9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in)

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 And dream about this coming Friday's epic Field Trip to Madison!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Marwin Begaye and Dancing Babies

Marwin Begaye

Is one of the artist/organizers of... 

 ReRiding History

Air, Land, Seed: Marwin Begaye, Rider of the Storm (detail)

Get to the Gallery downstairs Fools! 
A GREAT Exhibit filled with Great prints and CONTENT!

Click below to learn more about what you will see:

Time for the PrintFool Babies to dance with Callot!

Jacques Callot French (Lorraine) (1592 - 1635)

Capricci De Varie Figures: Plate 35 (Two Pantaloons Dancing)

 Medium: Etching

Jacques Callot French (1592 - 1635)

Lady with String Instrument, and Two Gentlemen

Medium: Etching