Jimmy Wright


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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  Volunteer screenprint, 33" x 33" $700.
 Vagabond screenprint, 33" x33", $700.

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