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The Annual International Print Show 2009: Views of Women and Nature

Among the featured artists are Schmeisser (Australia), Endo, Hamanishi and Tamekane (Japan), Weijburg (The Netherlands), Bock and Nessim (The United States).

 Local Beauties #12  © 2005 Rolf Weijburg

Where: Art & Frame and The Williams Gallery

Dates:  Saturday May 2 through Monday May 25, 2009

Opening Reception: Saturday May 2,  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (free to the public)

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Caberet I  © 2008 Jonathan Bock

Local Beauties #11  © 2005 Rolf Weijburg

Tea Leaves © Barbara Nessim

Dances on the Edge I © 2008 Jonathan Bock

About the Exhibit
Three of the artists use the computer, and four use etching, mezzotint and/or woodblock techniques for implementing line, color, texture, and space. For each of these artists the medium is an essential part of the inspiration for their art, integral to the development of idea, imagery, and composition. Each has invented distinctively personal approaches to the art form of the print. For example, Rolf Weijburg’s etchings “Local Beauties” span a period from 1996 – 2005. A series of a dozen small prints display women in their native dress and local surroundings. In contrast, Barbara Nessim’s computer derived artwork “Ear Ache” and “Tea Leaves” depict universal relationships between men and women.

About the Artists
From The Netherlands, Ralph Weijburg etchings are of islands surrounding Africa, the Caribbean Islands, and ‘Local Beauties from Exotic Countries, around the world. Weijburg on his art: "My prints tell stories by melding images and diagrams of the geography, animals, plants, architecture, and the people of the places I explore."
Weijburg was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1952. While studying social geography and cartography at the University of Utrecht, Weijburg became interested in printmaking and graphic arts, and switched to the Academy of Fine Arts.

From Japan: Susumu Endo, Katsunori Hamanishi and Yoshikatsu Tamekanes’ work includes woodblock/collograph, mezzotint and lithography. All three artists have work in the permanent collection of Florida’s Morikami Museum.

Now living in the Tokyo area, Hamanishi's primary focus is mezzotint printmaking. His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the MOMA in New York; the Art Institute, Chicago; the Library of Congress, DC; Taipei Fine Arts National Museum; Krakow National Museum; Osaka National Museum of Art; and others. In September 2004 he was honored in a two-man show along with venerated mezzotint artist Yozo Hamani at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, where he presented a demonstration of his own techniques.

Tamekane is essentially a woodblock printer, but adds texture to his woodblock images using collographic techniques. Born in 1959, Yoshikatsu Tamekane studied at Sokei Academy of Fine Arts in Tokyo. From 1991 to 1994 he lived in Paris while studying art at the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. He is a member of the Japan Print Association and has shown ten consecutive years in the prestigious CWAJ Print Show.

Endo blends photographic and non-photographic processes via computer, mixing the reality of the natural landscape with abstraction to create a singular surrealistic image – a mingling of nature and a space continuum. Endo graduated from the Kuwasawa Design School in 1962 and then spent 5 years in a small design studio. His art soon became recognized and after producing a calendar for Audio-Technica, his images have appeared commercially and in the collections of museums throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His images display a skill and beauty that challenge our sense of reality.

From Austrailia: Jörg Schmeisser's etchings draw from locations in Japan, Angkor Wat, the Antarctic, Australia, the Himalayas and others. His studies of ‘Women’ are an ongoing series. His work is known for technical excellence, beauty and precision of detail. Schmeisser was born in 1942 in Stolp, Pomerania, now Poland; grew up and went to art school in Hamburg before moving to Japan for postgraduate studies. He now lives in Canberra, Australia where he teaches and creates his work.

From the USA: Jonathan Bock and Barbara Nessim
Jonathan Bock is a career artist with a lifetime passion for the visual arts. His artwork includes drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, experimental film and video, animation ad interactive media. His latest work is focused on computer manipulated digial photography. We will be showing images of women and dance taken from “The Portable Dance Troupe” of Fresno, CA. Bock operates two galleries in California: Williams Gallery West and Stellar Gallery, for more information and images.

Barbara Nessim an internationally known artist and educator whose paintings and drawings have been shown in numerous galleries and museum exhibitions. Over the past twenty-five years her work has also been featured in many major publications such as Rolling Stone, Time and Newsweek. Since 1980, she has been doing electronic art created on a computer and has lectured widely on the subject. In July of 1992 she was appointed Chair of the Illustration Department at Parson's school of Design. On view are early and later computer images depicting the mystery of womanhood.

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