In September 1998, New York painter Jimmy
Wright was invited to visit AFA Press in Lakeside, Michigan to
produce a series of silkscreen editions. He arrived at AFA Press
with a "model" sunflower, a few preliminary sketches,
and some color notes based on a favorite Japanese woodblock print
by Utamaro. Although he was familiar with lithography and etching,
(he formerly taught printmaking at Southern Illinois University
in Carbondale) this was Wright's first attempt at creating screenprints.
During the first week of collaboration with master printer Bruce
Wood, he produced two editions based on the withering "model"
sunflower. His approach to screenprinting was initially a translation
of his understanding of lithography. He created masters by drawing
on sheets of mylar, and then layered the images with flat, transparent
inks. As they progressed on these multi-color images, Wood suggested
that Wright might try using some glossy inks, and selective opaque
areas to take advantage of the full range of the waterbased screenprinting
inks available in the studio. They made several color tests, and
Wright decided that the prints would be enhanced by these selections.
The results were "Volunteer" and "Vagabond".
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screenprint, 33" x 33" $700.
screenprint, 33" x33", $700.