Andrew Ogus / Works on paper

"A simple mark may radically transform a drawing."

The Blue Box - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.

"I make drawings on prepared printmaking paper, combining my fascination with animals and with the male figure in various series. Rather than create an idealized perfection I look for the extraordinary beauty in ordinary people. As well as exploring the effects of various surfaces I’ve created on the paper, these subjects are a conduit for exploring many different kinds of marks, and how simple variation in a line or a tiny stroke transforms an image."

Andrew Ogus is an American mixed-media artist born in 1948 and based in San Francisco, California. He holds a BFA Distinction from the California College of Arts and Crafts.

The Postcard Project 59 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite 30 x 18 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate 2 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil, watercolor pencil 14 x 13 in.
Fragment 123 - Acrylic, litho ink, graphite, color pencil 11 3/4 x 11 1/4 in.
The Blue Plate - Acrylic, graphite, color pencil 21 x 15 in.

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Jaco Putker

Jaco Putker composes vivid, fantastical scenes reminiscent of strange dreams that transcend the boundaries between magical and dangerous, nostalgic and futuristic.

Jaco Putker is a contemporary artist and printmaker from The Hague, The Netherlands. He combines digital and traditional techniques to produce images that are both playful and sinister, nostalgic and magical.

His preferred medium is photopolymer, or solar plate, etching. This technique is a non-toxic way of etching which allows for photorealistic depictions. Rather than impose a meaning to his work, Jaco Putker invites the viewers to associate freely and give his etchings personal significance through individual perceptions and filters.

The titles of the etchings are non-descriptive and give no handle as to the meaning of the works. The artist considers his works to be illustrations to fables that don't exist but hopefully take shape in the viewers' minds.

Jaco Putker was awarded the Dutch national Business Art Service competition for Graphic Arts in 2010. He won the Awagami Paper Factory Prize (at the Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition) twice; in 2015, and again in 2017. In 2017 he won the ON PAPER International Printmaking Award 2017.

His work has been exhibited throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Australia, Argentina, Canada and the USA.


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