Clovis Blackwell is an interdisciplinary artist with expertise in screenprinting. His work explores themes of suffering, perseverance, and transformation, and is regularly exhibited in Southern California and internationally. Juried competitions and group shows includes at the Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery in Washington, D.C. and the World Financial Center Gallery in New York City. He received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1999, MFA from Azusa Pacific University in 2009, and has taught printmaking for many years. Blackwell is a juried member of both the Los Angeles Art Association and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. He owns and operates Fleur de Boom Editions, a publisher of limited edition fine art serigraph prints. Find out more at www.clovisblackwell.com.
In creating my collagraph prints, I utilize experiences available to me with a diverse array of materials and techniques to create a visual feast. I draw inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific, the rolling vineyards of France, the patches of tulip farms in Holland, from the intensity and colors of India, and the urban and suburban landscapes of California. These impressions are combined on my inked plates with handmade papers collected from Japan, France, India, Nepal and Thailand. I cut, scratch, adhere, mold and manipulate materials onto my plates without conventional limitations. By producing prints using everyday mundane materials, I am placing my work in an entirely new context, with the goal of challenging and changing the viewer’s perceptions. In an age of extremes, wealth and poverty, peace and discord, technology and ecology, my art strives for a universal landscape of harmony, blending cultural decorative motifs, color, texture and pattern.