Saints and Sinners

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

SAINTS AND SINNERS is a new collograph print series which uses a complex and layered, but nevertheless, monochromatic palette throughout relying on the interstices to carry the image. SAINTS AND SINNERS #1, the first print in the series (and like all the others) leaves the viewer to decide whether it is the image of a saint or a sinner. While each piece in the series can stand alone, they are intended to be viewed in groups of at least three. Hand inked and hand pulled and matted and framed to 24” x 10”.

RUST BELT IN 2018 AMERICAN COLOR PRINT SOCIETY SHOW

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

I am very pleased to announce that my layered monoprint, RUST BELT, has been accepted into the American Color Print Society’s Fall Exhibition Open Show by Juror Caren Friedman. The Show will run from October 7th through October 25th, 2018 at The Plastic Club, 247 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. There will be an Opening Reception from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday, October 7th.

RUST BELT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

RUST BELT is an entirely experimental piece which involved inking a hard plate, applying some resists, adding additional ink and then removing the resists before printing. It was intended to answer the question: “I wonder what would happen if…?” The title, RUST BELT, came after it was completed and I had watched part of a Donald Trump rant the night I completed it. Matted and framed to 24” x 18”.

RAGE

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

RAGE, a hand inked and hand pulled dark field monotype, is a two dimensional piece in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series. The two dimensional pieces in the “Cognitive Emotions” Series use color to evoke the particular emotion and the internal lines to show the cognitive element of the emotion. Matted and framed to 20” x 16”.

 

GROWING OLD TOGETHER

 

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

There is a saying that over time, couples tend to take on each other’s characteristics and start to resemble one another in appearance and mannerism.  GROWING OLD TOGETHER, a hand-inked and hand-pulled hard-plate monotype created by individually inking two separate plates and then printing them together, side-by-side, gives abstract expression to that saying.  From a distance, GROWING OLD TOGETHER appears to be a single image, but a closer look reveals that, while there are great similarities and patters that carry from one to the other, they are still two separate and distinct images.  Matted and framed to 24″ x 12″.