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.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Elaine de Kooning at the Tamarind Institute

A big week ahead PrintFools: 
Last week to work, Steamroll Saturday and a visit to the  Tamarind Institute to meet  Elaine de Kooning.

Elaine de Kooning

Taurus IX, Color Trial Proof 2, 1973 (73-123a_2)

Paper Size: 15 x 21 inches

Two-color lithograph, color trial proof.

...once upon a time I had the honor of sitting next to her at a dinner in Sag Harbor. She was brilliant and kind, I was star struck.

Now go here and see some more artist's work from Tamarind: 

 Now go here and preview what you will do this Saturday!


Last week to work... 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Su Xinping

Su Xinping

"...intimate black-and-white depictions of the social transformations occurring during the decade of open policy promoted by Deng Xiaoping. His works expressed a deep concern for the issues surrounding isolation and lack of communication among the people at this time..."

The Vast Campaign(3), 1991
Lithograph, Ed. 19 of 30, 23" x 32"

2 More weeks to work......Print like Fools



Friday, April 10, 2015

Robert Blackburn

Robert Blackburn

"Robert Blackburn, born in 1920 in Summit, N.J., changed the course of American art through his groundbreaking graphic work and the Printmaking Workshop, which he founded in New York City in 1948. Conceived as an open, democratic space where printmaking was the common language, for five decades the Printmaking Workshop was a cultural crossroads, attracting artists from around the world, and seeding similar workshops in the United States, Morocco and Namibia..."

Refugees (AKA People in a Boat; Five Men in a Boat), 1938-1939
Lithograph, Edition of 8
15 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches

Robert Hamilton Blackburn (1920-2003)
A Portrait, 1959
Line etching and aquatint
Image size: 7 x 5 in.;
Framed: 21-1/2 x 17-1/4 in.

 Check out these Robert Blackburn links:




Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"allied" artists of WW1/WW2

We've spent considerable time with the German printmakers of WW1 and WW2. 
Ever wonder what the "allies" were printing?

CRW Nevinson: A Printmaker in War & Peace:

A little over four weeks left... Print like the wind!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Levi Robb event

PrintFools, big week in your lives because starting today you meet Levi Robb AND get to ask him how the hell he does what he does and why.

LOCUST 2 Media: Woodcut & concrete block relief with pen & ink on Japanese paper

Locust 1. 2013. woodcut and concrete block relief on Japanese paper.

 I met Levi few weeks back at Olson Larsen gallery and had the pleasure of interrogating him face to face. I was intrigued by his prints and of course plan to steal some of his methods. He has agreed to field your questions through PrintFever and the UWL Facebook page.

He writes:
"The process I use comes from a primal urge to create, stemming from a deeper level of visceral emotion. There is little room for thinking or contemplation in the process, only doing. To me it is a natural form of communication, much like the written word or oral communication. It starts with the material and ends with the material. I select found objects and raw materials to manipulate and use in the printmaking process. Metal, wood, concrete, rubber, bone, construction waste and garbage are a few of the items used in my process of making. In a sense, I see my work as a reflection, or shadow, of an unmade sculpture. Multiple reliefs pulled from multiple objects and materials to form a final composition. After the additive process I switch to a subtractive act by scraping, smudging and removing applied media where I feel necessary. It is less about a single refined design carved into a matrix and rather a layering of acts and events forming a final image and atmosphere."

 Go to Levi's page for more images:

Go to his Olson Larsen page for more images:


It will work this way... you can post questions on our Facebook page until Wed afternoon. Following your questions, Levi will answer on Facebook.

Hell of an event huh?  Don't slack, jump on this opportunity.


Sunday, March 08, 2015

German artists of WW1/WW2 Dix and Beckman

--> As you eaze into Springbreak know of the satirical portraits, lithographs and visual accounts of the tragedy of war produced by German artists of WW1/WW2:

Otto DIX

Germany 1891 – 1969

Nachtliche Begegnung mit einem Irrsinnigen [Night-time encounter with a madman], plate 22 from Der Krieg Intaglio etching, aquatint, drypoint

Watch this video!

Go to this site! 


Max Beckmann (German, 1884–1950)
The Street (plate 3) [Die Strasse (Blatt 3)] from Hell (Die Hölle)
Lithograph 1919

 Go to this site!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

- Los tres grandes. Mexico after the Revolution of 1910. (early/mid 1900 - late 1900's)


Artists changing the world... improving society.

You are off to Mexico today:

"From 1910 to 1920 civil war ravaged the nation as citizens revolted against dictator Porfirio Díaz. At the heart of the Revolution was the belief—itself revolutionary—that the land should be in the hands of laborers, the very people who worked it. This demand for agrarian reform signaled a new age in Mexican society: issues concerning the popular masses—universal public education and health care, expanded civil liberties—were at the forefront of government policy."

David Alfaro Siqueiros 
(During the 1920s and early 1930s. Siqueiros was jailed often for his political work)

Moisés Sáenz
1931  Lithograph

  Guardian of the Peace
1945  Lithograph

Diego Rivera

Flower Market
1930  Lithograph

José Clemente Orozco

The Hanged Men from the portfolio The American Scene, No. 1
(1933-34, published 1935)


Dont forget that we are ALL printing like fools Monday for Creative IMP. 
Don't be late because we have to gird our loins for this battle:

 See you Monday.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Théodore Gericault (1791 - 1824) VS (Bertrand-Jean) Odilon Redon (1840–1916

Two More French Printmakers:

Boxers  1818
Théodore Gericault (French, Rouen 1791–1824 Paris)

  (Bertrand-Jean) Odilon Redon (1840–1916)


 French And some images from Representative Jill(y) Billings Day:

 Stay tuned this week for info regarding Creative Imp. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

HONORÉ DAUMIER - social satire (mid - late 1800s)

social satire (mid - late 1800s)

For his biting depictions of Emperor Louis-Philippe in the weekly journal La Caricature in 1832, Daumier spent six months in prison

Go here and search by theme to learn more about others who Daumier found worth of ridicule. Then for your comment leave the name of a print.

Thanks to your own Nhouchee you are officially provided the names (below) of the printmakers who will appear on your scary test

Käthe Kollwitz

George Zielezinski 

Honore Daumier

Leonard Baskin

 Rep. Jill Billing swill be here Monday from 9:30 to 11:00 to talk to us about Human Trafficking.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Valentines week and so much more

The long awaited week of love looms:
Precious valentines will be presented, epic poems will be read, massive amounts of treats will be consumed, tears (of joy or pain?) will certainly flow and of course much more will be learned.

Venus Whipping Cupid with Roses, early 17th century
Giovanni Luigi Valesio (Italian, 1583?–1633)
7 15/16 x 5 1/4 in. (20.2 x 13.4 cm
Poor Venus's tries to discipline her bad baby Cupid, with no help from a satyr (the embodiment of lust). In Italian the inscription reads: love is not so easily chastised.

Psyche mit der Lampe, by Max Klinger
(click the post title for more by Max Klinger)
The love affair between Cupid and Psyche is one of the best known classical myths, recounted in the Latin novel The Golden Ass by Apuleius. Cupid, lover of the mortal Psyche, forbids her to cast eyes upon him and visits her only at night. Disobeying him, Psyche holds a light over his sleeping body, for which she is punished by Aphrodite.
Beware PrintFools, the week will demand the learning of new skills and some sort of balance of head and heart. Here is an early valentine for you all... a little video made by Thomas Edison, watch carefully, because you will all perform the dance...

And for this week:

A little history on Litho...
 The Father of all Litho Heads:
If you are a dedicated Litho Head you will read this:
If you arent you are an...
Paul Gavarni (1804-1866), Enfant Terrible, 1833. Lithograph.

An alumni Enfant Terrible?
Dance Monkey Dance!

KEEP READING -  to see your baby printmaking future!!


Time to travel PrintFools, time to celebrate Drypoints. The first leg of your journey takes you back in time to June of 1999, I realize most of you weren’t born yet but go anyway to learn about the:
Open War-Studio:
"Fourth Graphic Art Bienial, Dry Point, had to be delayed because of NATO aggression on Yugoslavia. In meanwhile, we decided to mark the day when this international manifestation was supposed to begin, we have opened Open War-Studio, and we called artists from Yugoslavia to join."

Click here for more:

GRAPHIC ART BIENIAL has great things to say about the humble dryoint:

“If a drawing is the first,real,sincere and essential artistic expression, the first record of idea or its complex and final definition, dry point is just that and all that. It is chivarly in graphic art,exact and real, it is strict ,not allowing hesitation, it is subtle and delicate, dreamy and airy. It can be used to tell various things, a tiny twinkling and a heavy chord... It is modest but so rich!”



SZUREK PIOTR, Poland,  "SELF PORTRAIT", 1998, 100x67cm

Now click down there to see more drypoints from Graphic Art Bienial,-  Under: “previous events” .

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Leonard Baskin with some CannonBall and PrintFool Craziness

Leonard Baskin!
 For all of you woodcutting, color working, litho and intaglio heads!

Leonard Baskin, Self Portrait, 1951 Woodcut, 52.4 x 46.5 cm

 Go here for lots of Baskin images: 

And, Some CannonBall Press Craziness:

And, Some Of Our Own, For Any Of The Littlest of Printmaking Fools Who Haven't Seen How We Cut and Print Wood Here:

To read the Mahasstava   From the Jataka tales again travel over to:

Dont forget to comment you slackers!!!