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, February 27, 2010

Jacek Sroka

Printfools! It's time to POLISH our efforts to travel the world:

World -
35 cm x 43 cm,etching ,aquatint,19

Research Grants? I left a sample grant from last year in the shop for you to use as a model. I want to see what you have so this is the week to show me a draft. Lets plan on using time Monday and Tuesday to hammer out the details of the Italy grants. World Travel reminds me that I go away to Poland at the end of the week. You will not pick up bad habits when I leave:

"Woman smoking a cigarette",
40 cm x 30 cm, etching, aquatint, 2002

Sroka is a Rocking Good Polish printmaker, click the title post to see more.


33 comments:

Johnson said...

I'm the first to post on here??!! What in the....?!?! So Jacek's prints are pretty sweet. The color is great. I especially liked Torpedo, Bobsled, Don Quichotte in the Kitchen and Two Hundred Ways. It made me wanna do lots and lots of color in my next plates hmmm...

Keriann said...

So this is probably the best artist I've seen on the blog! I love his artwork! My favorite aspect of his work are his textures and rich colors. It's probably because he's polish why he is so good!

Britt Vogt said...

I love the bit of humor in Sroka's work, the prints where you can see through people's clothes, and especially in Torpedo when you can see the woman's bum hanging out of her pants. I thought that was hilarious. I also really like the open bite in the back of his plates, it makes him more relatable as an artist and it adds some pretty great texture to the background.

Jaime said...

Holy moly how does one get such great color? Sroka's prints are amazing. The colors are so rich and he gets so many different hues on his prints. I love his style in printmaking its pretty much amazing. And the polish half of me agrees with the leg it is probably because he is polish that he is so damn good!

Liv Radke said...

Torpedo is an awesome print. I like how real it is in the sense that you see people riding their bikes all the time and their pants are too low showing off there underwear or worse! I also like the feeling that Sroka's colors evoke, the bright pink used for Torpedo reminds me of a horribly painful sunburn and the feeling of not wanting anything to rub against your skin. The who print makes me want it to be summer!

BabyTiegs said...

I like this artist. There's a visceral, graphic kind of feel of the prints that pulls you in. It helps that Sroka clearly knows how to use texture and color to his advantage. I have to wonder how many hours he put in just to get those incredible tints.

As for going to Poland, BPJ, you knows what happens to ogres in all those Eastern European fables. Better just use your imagination and spare airport security the hassle of subduing the angry mob.

Allison Bauer said...

Sroka is great with color. He has such control and each hue is dynamic and works well against the plate. It's interesting how he portrays people--esp their clothing--which is a bit comical. Really nice controll with his aquatint and achieves some great values. Overall very interesting work.

Anyone else bummed out by the men's hockey finale?

Clarice said...

I love the use of his color. The way he uses the rich colors without overdoing it is amazing. I hope that I can develop that control with color

Maddy Grimmer said...

His control and variety of color is amazing! His use of textures on the plate makes me miss that aspect which is not a part of the litho world. I agree with baby britt, i think his sense of humor in the art makes it even more interesting and adds a special personality to the art. I really enjoyed his etchings.
...wish i could travel too...

Jessalyn said...

I, like everyone else am really interested in the color. Its like a great watercolor effect on some of his prints.I think my favorite is the biker, which I'm pretty sure is the one Baby Britt was talking about. It makes me giggle

Lisa Ulik said...

Trouble with Pasolini's soul is absolutely fantastic... and like everyone else really like Torpedo.

Sroka is a color and graphic (polish) genius. At first I thought his color fields were applied chine cole'... but it states they are aquatint. The color relationships in his blocked out colors are stunning.

Poland! take good care of thy bpj.

sarah mc said...

Those colors are so deep. I feel like so many prints I'm familiar with are more commonly black and white and thats what my personal experience is with them, so I'm always really interested in seeing the success of printing in color. I like that there seems to be a comical edge to some of these prints and they are entertaining to look at.

chels said...

holy hell.

I'm not even sure where to start! This man is incredible. I really like his print The general and Lucky man. I also thought his prints with different torture devices were incredible, he mentions something about this in an interview I read about his father I believe.
I noticed he also has a painting with the word Dupa. I think its the one polish word that has survived in my family. pretty awesome.
wow.

oh Joel- nice play on words .. That was good!

Joanne said...

I really like this artist. For some reason the print "Masonic Cemetery with Cypresses" stood out for me. I think his use of color is extraordinary and the yellows really pop out against the different hues of blue.
I'm getting nervous about these research grants...it'll be a lot of work and I'm not quite sure where to start!

Mingo said...

First time ever posting before Tuesday, odd day. These prints look like they have an opaque quality to them from the ink that we are forbidden to use...hmmm?

I was going to complain that if I could read this dang polish writing that I would be able to understand so much more, and then I found the translation button, awsome.

But Sroka's prints are very rich in color and techniques. The human conduit has so many different subtle color variations that drew me in so much.

Jumpy said...

I like the clear precise color used in the work, very rich and very exact with hues and value. His works do have some humorous portrayal of the way people are viewed.

Mark K said...

For me, I get a cubist type feel from looking at these prints. Lots and lots of geometric forms making up the people. I really liked the subject matter behind "Us and Them." How the business/politician type person keeps people under control by the dog leash, pretty funny. Another that stood out to me was "Aunt Wiesla," with how the whole figure was made up of all the different sized little circles.

Marissa said...

I like "Woman Smoking A Cigarette" because I have so many questions when I look at it. Why did Sroka use those colors (especially the yellow) and that particular background? Why can't I see her face? Why is she standing like that? I like to be confused.

Cappuccino said...

It took me awhile but I finally got your POLISH pun, BPJ. Very nice and it kinda made my day a bit brighter.

I can't wait to get into color with intaglio. or even color with Litho. Those soft colors combined with an almost abstract style is very interesting.

I am going to spend a lot of hours tonight trying to get something drawn on my stone so I can etch tomorrow and print before Thursday. I am going to concentrate and attack! If anyone else is going to be in there tonight- beware!! I meant to work last night- during the print party but I was just not feeling the love or it didn't seem like everyone was in a good mood. Maybe because it was Sunday or something.

Hopefully thinks brighten up this week!

EllieRose said...

Yes, the colors in these are striking, and really give him a style that draws his work together. I like it!

AnnCreates87 said...

I think everyone else has already said it, but I'll say it as well, I thought the colors were really interesting, they were so vivid. For some reason there is something about the prints that makes me think of paper cutouts, sort of all put together to form a picture. I think it has to do with some of the boxy type shapes. I also think the prints are humorous, being able to see through the people's clothing. I laughed though when I saw woman smoking a cigerette because I drew something along those lines a few days ago.

The Traveling Torso said...

definitely one of my favorites. the colors are unbelievable. especially if you check out the work further on whatever website this links too. makes me feel like a slacker.

TonY Vang said...

these color prints are really good, almost like hand colored.

Mallory_Heesch said...

His use of color is unlike anything I've ever seen before! I wish the titles of his pieces were translated into english as well, but then again it's kinda cool to read-into the imagery through your own perspective and not be influenced by the title.

ellen said...

i love Sroka's prints, the color work is fantastical. while he is not my favorite printmaker on the blog, he is certainly ranking fairly high up for me, i especially like how he draws his fifures.

and OMG! italy! i can't wait for this to happen!

Kirky B said...

We all seem to be really intrigued by the colors in these etchings! The color is really interesting, and the prints are quite appealing. The overlap and use of deep aquatint in the background in the piece "Dwieście sposobów" is one of my favs.

http://www.sroka.pl/images.asp?id=187&page=3

Josie Ableman said...

yeah like many others im seriously wondering how he got his colors! also im proud to be polish in this moment

Nate S said...

wow that color is sickk. I'm always confused by this. evidence of my complete and total lack of understanding of color theory. Hope I can figure something like this out some day.

Sarahhigley said...

So I forgot to comment on Monday when I read the post, so I am doing so now. The use of color is so astounding! I don't even understand how he accomplished those results with the techniques he used. This is something to aspire to for sure.

Michelle said...

I like the prints by this artist. They are pretty cool. The one called Ameryca is very interesting. I like it a lot. Torpedo was another really cool one. I really like the colors. They are so bright and vibrant.

Rachel H. said...

Like everyone else, I really liked the prints, I also think it would be interesting if someone diagreed and totally hated it.I am really excited to work out our print series. I am also terrified to get so personal, but oh well.

the Sheriff said...

the shop needs a bit of lisa and bpj soon. my life wasn't the same this week. come back safe! :~)

Bethany said...

That first print is amazing and I really missed the shop!