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.

Friday, October 30, 2015

More Halloween - More Children-Eating Witches and Soothsayers...

De Lamiis and Phitonicis (On Children-Eating Witches and Soothsayers)

Ulrich Molitor
Witches Flying , in Von den Unholden oder Hexen (On Witches and Soothsayers)
Published by Johann Prüss, Strasbourg, 1493
Image: 4 3/4 x 3 inches
Sheet: 7 5/8 x 5 inches
Book: 7 11/16 x 5 1/2 inches
Cornell University Library, Rare and Manuscript Collections

Kurt Seligmann, American, born Switzerland, 1900–1962 collected books, manuscripts and prints in his Library of the Occult

His produced a variety of print series including , the Protubérances cardiaques:

Kurt Seligmann
American, born Switzerland, 1900–1962
La sorcière (The Witch), from the series Vagabondages héraldiques (Heraldic Vagrancies), 1936 Etching
Plate: 13 11/16 x 9 1/2 inches

Kurt Seligmann
American, born Switzerland, 1900–1962
Vampyre (Vampire), from the series Protubérances cardiaques (Cardiac Protuberances), 1933 Etching and aquatint
Plate: 10 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

Friday, October 23, 2015

Toad Licking Halloween

Your favorite week arrives PrintFools:
learn from the following scary images... 

Start with a moral tale to persuade you to… 

Avoid Toad Licking this Halloween Weekend!

Witches kept toads as "familiars" or "animal guides" and of course to lick for mind altering experiences, As you know, even today the fad of toad-licking continues to rage in our culture:

If you watch Family Guy you might have caught the episode devoted to the dangers of “doing toad,”

There is a psychoactive compound in their skin but not Wisconsin toads, so raise your right hands in the air and swear to lick no toads this Halloween weekend!

 Jacques de Gheyn II

Jacques de Gheyn II

Jacques de Gheyn II

 Albrecht Durer 

See you this week in Costume, bearing treats of course.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Leonora Carrington

We can only hope to be as cool as  
                           Leonora Carrington?

Leonora Carrington working at USF Graphicstudio. 

Read below:

Leonora Carrington (British, 1917–2011)
Badger causes Table to Fly as Medium Goes into a Trance , ca. 1988
12 x 14.5 in. (30.5 x 36.8 cm.)

Leonora Carrington (British, 1917–2011)
Crookery Hall , 1987
color lithograph
43 x 76.2 cm. (16.9 x 30 in.)

Leonora Carrington (British, 1917–2011)
Sesión espiritista , 1979
53 x 69 cm. (20.9 x 27.2 in.)

Speaking of COOL......
Marcia Thompson is coming Wed. Afternoon to do a demo:


And Friday we are going to her opening at the Pump House:

Your words should appear:

Friday, September 25, 2015

More Bad Monkeyes and Federico Castellón and some movie news...

Thanks to A.A and MadDog for putting an end to the messy shop bad monkeying plague. Do those shop labors daily and we will have a monkey free semester.

Rudolf Kurz
Monkey Suitor
Etching on zinc
(8 3/4 x 8 inches)

Here is yet another new hero for you PrintFools...
Federico Castellón 
(September 14, 1914 – July 29, 1971)

The Alchemist.          
Federico Castellon
Etching, c.1965.        
Image size 18 7/8 x 14 1/2"

 The Alchemist is a little tribute to Alchemy Andrew who is slaving away in his MFA program and hopefully reading this.
Speaking of tributes.... some old and new PrintFool movies are ready to view:

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Holley Coulter Chirot

Time for a new hero:

Holley Coulter Chirot 

... not only knows how to make prints and stuff them with content - she also knows about "bad monkeys". Stay tuned babyprintmakers to learn how to not be a bad monkey printmaker.

Aprés la bataille

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The return of the prodigal son with his snake

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Leave your words or flunk...


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Magritte and Janssen

Welcome back PrintFools - time for your DREAMS to become real:

René Magritte (Belgian, 1896-1967)

Les Amants / The Lovers. Original etching, 1928. 

La Trahison des images / The Treachery of Images. Original etching, 1952.

Horst Janssen serves you up a Smörgåsbord of all your media with a surrealistic flavor...


Drollerei Kaltnadel
Eva Maria Lupfert
Franka on her Deathbed
Etching and drypoint
Horst Janssen, "Erostod"
Radierung Nr. 7
Horst Janssen, "Spatzen des Hokusai"
Nr. 63
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Anna Poppe. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Grüß dich, Lübecker. 1966.
Horst Janssen
1929 Hamburg - 1995 Hamburg
Woodcut in colors
Leave some brilliance:

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!