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 17, 2011

Charles White

Hey PrintFools... If you havent noticed it's all winding down. PrintFever continues though and we go South to see how Charles White was inspired to action by the acts of bad fools:

 
Portrait of a Matriarch
1969
Etching


 
Wanted Poster Series L-14,   1977, 
Lithograph,  22" X 30"

Click the title post for more. 
In addition to your clever comment how about a list of reminders to end this semester:
1. Don't forget your secret friend

16 comments:

Christina said...

I LOVE the Wanted Poster Series. It doesn't even look like a print, and makes me more curious about lithographs. Also, I am very excited for our secret friends.
Don't forget that tomorrow is "Breakfast" theme day, so bring food everybody.

Britt Vogt said...

I was really moved by the portrait of the matriarch. Especially after reading about the impact that Charles' mother had on his life and his art. I think he demonstrates an extremely important principle for artists in how he has taken a socially motivated role to inform people and to take events from his life, his studies, and put them out there in the hopes that people will see them. He has not turned away from his culture and background and the obstacles he has encountered in his life, but instead uses them to move forward. His work shows how large a role content plays in the piece. When an artist is that connected to his work it will always be successful.
Besides the etched portraits that Charles White has produced, I also love the large scale linocuts. They are incredibly detailed and realistic and the contrast the lines create is beautiful.

Tim said...

I am sad that i will not be able to do litho, i have read a bunch and seen so mnay great lithos on the blog as well as in the studio. Makes me a little jealous, but that much more into printmaking.Also his use of lino cuts is remarkable, i have done many in the past but these just blow mine out of the water, make them look like grade school work. The size detail and line work is incredible. Im excited for another great week of printmaking!!!!

Katie said...

These prints are sweet as always.

I'm excited for breakfast treat day tomorrow. :)

Dani W said...

i really liked reading about White. He was a man that learned a lot in his life and really pushed the limits as to what people were going to accept about him. Even during a time in which people of color were looked down upon in society, he did not care. He still questioned everything and pushed himself to become a great artist. His lithographs are so amazing to me. I cannot wait until i get to learn more about this. Guess I will just have to wait until the spring though.

Keriann said...

Charles White's works are so interesting to me. He was one of my spiritual guides when I took my first foundations classes. Great work.

Here is something incredibly important to add to our list of things to remember: The final art ed person that is being interviewed will be speaking @4! people should be there, but especially ART ED MAJORS!!

Stephanie said...

Oh my gosh...the Matriarch. Amazing. Can't write much....gotta go get ice and flavored syrups for my fellow Print Fools! Can't wait for breakfast! :)

Joanne said...

breakfast day was amazing! so much yummy food :)

the first etching on the blog is wicked! the chiaroscuro in the portrait is very captivating, same with the portrait of "Melinda" on his website. I can't tell what processes he used in them though, they look like drawings! i know with my experiences with etching the lines dont come out that soft.

Molly said...

White's biography is one of the most interesting yet, he went through so much in his lifetime. His artwork is moving and you can see the bridge between his artwork and his life story, which definitely makes it much more interesting to look at. His lino cuts are absolutely fantastic! I would love to give wood cut another try after seeing more and more on the blog, maybe the second time around won't be as painful as the first!

Breakfast was very yummy, thanks Baby Steph for bringing in the iced coffee!

mmmegan said...

White's prints are awesome. I like how there is a variety of almost cartoon-like characters, to super realistic ones, and those in between. The chiaroscuro is incredible and I really liked "Elijah" for some reason. Definitely excited for litho sometime in ther future :)

No Mas said...

the corners on the first print look cool, I wish I could print intaglio with sharp corners.

sarah mc said...

Charles Whites lithographs and etchings are very deep with emotion. I love his attention and detail to the human figure and he exploits how much emotion the human face can portray in a simple image. His etchings of Melinda and the Matriarch are two of my favorites that really seem to invite the viewer into a private moment or feelings of these people and also how they relate to his life

LiARS said...

these prints are a good time.
the fact that he has prints in the different types of printmaking is impressive too since it seems like they all have their own learning curve. i think his layouts are very well constructed too in terms of relationships and balance. certainly a man of men.

Marissa said...

I love the complexity of both pieces. The Wanted Poster Series has so many interesting layers. I liked reading about Charles and his mother. The details of the Matriarch's wrinkles and her hair are impressive.

Sikorski said...

I want to be able to litho soon!... I am excited to see what my prints will look like in the future as my portfolio grows.

Nate Shields said...

big...effin'...linos. Those are pretty sick. I need to do litho again, its been too long and i'm frightened again.