SOUTHERN FRIED WOODCUTS by Sean Starwars
APRIL 20 - JUNE 2, 2018
Mississippi-based Printmaker and professional Mountain Dew drinker Sean Starwars exhibits over 200 of his famous/ infamous woodblock prints. His distinctive style and prolific work have rendered him one of the top contemporary printmakers in the U.S. Starwars will be exhibiting brand new prints alongside some that date back 15 years. His energy-charged, caffeine-induced, aggressive approach to printmaking embraces bold colors, strong images, and a good bit of satire.
Of his work, Starwars says, “I like to tell funny stories using funny pictures.” These pictures include Hillbilly Alligators, Melting Ice Cream cones, Traumatized Nascar Drivers, former Child Movie Star Chimpanzees, Drunken Hot Dogs, Literary Legends, Hungover Clowns Robots, and Monsters from Frankenberry to Frankenstein.
Starwars holds an MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and a Graphic Design Certificate from Savannah College of Art and Design. “Somewhere along the way, I realized that I could accomplish my goals as an artist without enslaving myself to the meticulous obsessions of ‘traditional’ printmaking. I don’t slow down to make perfect drawings or to finesse my color registration. I hammer out the carvings and blast out the prints, and move on to the next print, the next day.”
In addition to the exhibition, Starwars will be teaching an intensive woodcut workshop at Pyramid that starts “May the Fourth” (of course) and runs through May 6. Students of all experiences levels will learn how to carve and print a 4-color image from multiple wood blocks, along with tips and tricks for image preparation, tool selection and maintenance, ink mixing, as well as carving and printing techniques. More info and registration at http://bit.ly/seanstarwars.
Starwars lives in Laurel, MS with his wife and five children where he operates his printshop, Woodcut Funhouse. In addition to making woodcuts for over twenty-five years, Sean has been an Adjunct Professor, a janitor, and a used car salesman. He is a proud member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers, and his work is in numerous public and private collections as well as on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, films, and commercials.
SOUTHERN FRIED WOODCUTS opens Friday, April 20 with a reception from 6-9 pm at Pyramid Atlantic (4318 Gallatin Street) that will proudly serve Mountain Dew at the artist’s request.