The variations of texture and tone of fine art prints are difficult to see when viewing them on line. The art of printmaking continues to evolve, making it one of the world’s most expressive art forms.

Artists like Donald Sultan and Shepard Fairey have become printmakers themselves and also work with master printers to create pieces that reflect their style and sensibility.

Donald Sultan – Japanese Pines

Donald Sultan began working with industrial materials, in the 1970s, for a variety of reasons. He was a poor artist in New York and was able to get linoleum and other materials while working construction jobs, he was familiar with the materials that his father used at his tire shop in Asheville and he says that likes the physical work.

A fine printmaker and sculptor, Sultan works with Mixografia printers in Los Angeles to create textured fine art prints that maintain the quality and feel of his industrial paintings.

Japanese Pines, for sale at VFA, is an example of the way Sultan combines the abstract and representational and retains the unique essence of his work.

Shepard Fairey – Dove Target Red

Thirty years ago Shepard Fairey made a stencil of Andre the Giant from a newspaper ad. He went to a copy shop and had the image printed on stickers, which he placed around Providence, where he was attending the Providence School of Design…and the rest is history.

Fairey founded a printmaking studio after he graduated and has become a masterful printer, whose works are in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and other major museums and galleries around the world.

Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent, is a retrospective of his work, currently on display at Wynwood Walls in Miami and will run through January 2020.

In an interview with the Miami New Times, Fairey says he has become more open to engage in dialogue with those who disagree with his ideas. “As punk rock as I’ve been and willing to stand up for my ideas, I still believe in basic civility,” he says. “I’m always going to be outspoken about what I believe in, but I think there are ways to do that without unnecessarily alienating people, and that’s what I think I’ve become more strategic about.”

Dove Target Red, for sale at VFA, combines Fairey’s message and his talent as a master printmaker.

Derrick Adams – Breakfast of Champions

Derrick Adams does not restrict himself to any medium. He is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, and performance artist who uses video and audio installations in his work.

Adams’ work focuses on they way in which African-American experiences intersect with art history, American iconography, and consumerism.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Adams received his BFA from the Pratt Institute and his MFA from Columbia University. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

His works are part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Breakfast of Champions, available at VFA, is part of Adam’s Live and in Color series, which depicts the way in which African-Americans are often stereotyped  on TV. Done in pigment print, Breakfast of Champions is one of Adams’ strongest and most compelling works.

Richard Estes – D Train

Richard Estes is considered one of the founders on the Photorealism movement in the late 1960s. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and moved to New York where he painted hyper-realistic street scenes, devoid of the crowds that populate the city.

Estes moved to an apartment and studio near Central Park in 1973, where he still lives and works. He spends summers in his Northeast Harbor, Maine studio, where he paints landscapes and seascapes with the same technical precision that made his urban paintings so successful.

A documentary, released last summer, focuses on Estes’ life and works. Actually, Iconic: Richard Estes is a portrait of one of America’s greatest living artists who avoids media attention and, at 87, continues to create master works.

Richard Estes’ D Train is a juxtaposition of the train interior and the view from the train. The two perspectives, however, create multiple focal points. Because Estes often combines different urban settings in his works, viewers who travel around New York, trying to pinpoint the actual sites of his paintings, are often disappointed.

Featured Fine Art Prints at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about Japanese Pines, Dove Target Red, Breakfast of Champions, D Train or any of the other fine art prints at the Vertu Fine Art Gallery.

References:
Suzannah Fricia. Shepard Fairey Reflects on His 30-Year Career Through Wynwood Walls Exhibit. Miami New Times. December 10, 2019.
Ariel Worthy. Birmingham Art Museum Rotates New Contemporary Works Through ‘Third Space’ . Birmingham Times. August 10, 2017.
Mount Desert Islander. New film by Stone sheds light on Estes. July 11, 2019.