Woman Dev Process Color Photo etching/ Aquatint  (Editioned) 22“ x 18“ 2001

John Greco

www.josephinepress.com
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John Greco began his art training in the early 1970's, studying printmaking with Glen Brunken, Will Petersen, and Dan Rohn.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Slippery Rock University, and received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Kent State University. He has taught courses in Art and Photography at the American Intercontinental University, Kent State University, Slippery Rock University, University of Southern California. In 1984, Greco established Josephine Press, a printmaking studio in Santa Monica, with the intention of providing a center for artists to explore their creative potential in printmaking and to publish fine art editions. In 1989, he opened Christopher John Gallery, in conjunction with Josephine Press, this was to represent and exhibit the works of innovative artists and printmakers.  John has collaborated with many artists from around the world and has taught numerous printmaking workshops throughout the United States and Europe. Among the artists that he has collaborated with is Raymond Pettibon, Edgar Heap of Birds, John Cage, Meg Cranston, Muramasa Kudo, Michael McMillen, Joseph Piasentin,  Nancy Riegelman, Arturo Segundo and Paul Soldner.  He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad; his work is included in both public and private collections. John Greco continues to run Josephine Press in Santa Monica; he extends his love for printmaking to artists while investing in others within his community.   

My journey into printmaking is informed by early work in the screen-printing industry. After graduating from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied arts, I went to work at Bay Street Productions in Oregon as a color matcher and screen-printer for fine custom wallpapers. From there I’ve built a busy full time studio practice, making art daily. In addition to printmaking, I work in painting, ceramics, jewelry, fabric and combined techniques.The ancient tradition of the print is always at the heart of the work. Now decades into this journey, the pleasure of process and a newfound freedom with materials and techniques keeps it all moving into new territory. I make prints not as copies or reproductions at all. Silkscreen yields the jazzy and juicy layers of color, and clear shapes. Intaglio and monotype renders deep blacks of varying densities and values. Chine collé provides “moving parts” in the form of favored shapes and colors. Layering of colors, use of multiple plates, evolving plates, and marks allows the medium to “talk back” at some point. I treat printmaking as an open ended and ongoing investigation into a hidden world.Most recently I have established screen-printing courses at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, and at the Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. In 2014 I taught a reduction screen-print workshop in Venice, Italy at the Scuola di Grafica. I worked in 2015 at the Skopelos Foundation in Greece. I am an active member of Print Arts Northwest, Seattle Print Arts, and Los Angeles Printmakers Society. Many of the hand-printed silkscreen prints are placed in national and international collections. At present my studios in Kirkland Washington, and in Downtown Los Angeles are open by appointment.While all this history is of value, real life is lived in the joy of process, in a world of visual wonder. My mission is to continue to share it, and to live it fully every day.
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ImMigration Project at Self Help Graphics

Saturday, January 11th to February 22nd, 2020

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